Morgan Freeman on the Legalization of Marijuana
The legalization of marijuana remains one of the more contested sociopolitical controversies of our time. But for Morgan Freeman, there’s no question. Morgan Freeman speaks candidly about his marijuana use in a Daily Beast interview.
The 77-year-old oscar winning actor became an advocate for medical marijuana use after shattering his left shoulder, arm and elbow in a car accident in 2008. Freeman was rescued using the Jaws of Life and medevaced to a nearby hospital in Memphis. His left hand, which still isn’t fully functional, has permanent nerve damage and is in consistent pain.
When asked about his stance on the legalization of marijuana he said the following:
“They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!” says a chuckling Freeman. “My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it! This movement is really a long time coming, and it’s getting legs—longer legs. Now, the thrust is understanding that alcohol has no real medicinal use. Maybe if you have one drink it’ll quiet you down, but two or three and you’re fucked.”
He pauses, and points to the glove-aid jutting out from his left suit sleeve. “Marijuana has many useful uses,” he says. “I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!’”
“And what negative effects does it have?” Freeman continues. “Look at Woodstock 1969. They said, ‘We’re not going to bother them or say anything about smoking marijuana,’ and not one problem or fight. Then look at what happened in ’99,” he says, referencing the less marijuana-friendly 30th-anniversary event, which resulted in riots and arrests.