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Morgan Freeman calls marijuana bans “stupidest law

Morgan Freeman shares his thoughts on the state of our country, and what we could do to make less criminals and more money.

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman is in what may be the biggest movie of the summer. The Dark Knight Rises is being released tonight at midnight, and has already made millions in pre-sales alone.

So Freeman sat down with Newsweek magazine in this month’s issue, and divulged some of his views on current political issues.

The magazine asked him about his support of the legalization of marijuana.

“Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history,” Freeman responded. “You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity.”

He also sees an upside for the government; as a money-maker.

“And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win!” the actor continued. “We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.”

Freeman earlier appeared in the play 8, by Dustin Lance Black. The play surrounded the passing of Proposition 8, an anti-gay marriage law in California. Newsweek asked him his thoughts on the situation.

“I grew up in the South but I started dancing in my twenties when I got out of the Air Force, and studying dance, you’re surrounded by gay guys all the time,” said Freeman. “You get to know them and you have to shift gears!”

The interviewer seemed to be intent on asking Freeman about every controversial measure out there today. After legalizing marijuana and gay-marriage, they dove into the subject of race in Hollywood.

They asked about the possibility of Marvel making The Black Panther, which would feature the first black superhero.

“Well, if the movie is done well,” Freeman answered. “Will Smith did one [Hancock] that was kind of silly. I don’t know why they even did that movie. But if they do Black Panther with some class and some creativity, I think it would go over big-time.”

Freeman will be reprising his role as Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight Rises, which will be released Friday at midnight.

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