Morgan Freeman wants to legalize marijuana... for the kids!
He's played God, several times, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people's inner dialogue has transformed into his silly smooth narrator voice, because… well, why not? But the Oscar-winning actor has been using his famous voice lately in the political arena. Kind of.
Recently, Freeman spoke out saying he thinks marijuana should be legal everywhere and in all cases, and he spoke of the positive experiences he has had with the drug.
He told The Daily Beast about a 2008 car accident he was involved in that shattered bones in his left arm, shoulder and elbow, and he now uses marijuana to help with the pain resulting from his injuries, saying it is the only thing that helps.
"They used to say, 'You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!' 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," Freeman said.
He doesn't just stop there. He appealed to our rational side and used some pretty rock solid analogies to back his position.
"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 f***ed. Marijuana has many useful uses. I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any kind of 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!'"
Logical, albeit anecdotal, evidence wasn't all he offered. He dove into a historical rationalization for legalizing Mary Jane.
"And what negative effects does it have? 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."
Currently, four states have decriminalized the possession of marijuana while nine states have legalized medical marijuana use. Oddly enough, the District of Columbia has fully legalized recreational and medical marijuana, but recreational commercial sale is currently blocked by Congress. Marijuana laws and legality vary across the country with some states having some degree of legalization while 13 still have total cannabis prohibition.