Morgan Freeman, lord of narration and all round good bloke, has publicly stated that cannabis use should be legalised “across the board”. The actor, who has recently voiced his opinion on the Baltimore riots, has been using cannabis to medicate and reduce pain from fibromyalgia in his arm, which stemmed from a car crash in 1977.
“This movement is really a long time coming, and it’s getting legs—longer legs,” Freeman stated. As many have done before him, he also paralleled marijuana with its far more dangerous (albeit legal) counterpart: alcohol. “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.”
When prompted on how he consumes it, Freeman was frank in his response, saying, “However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!”
“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, ‘Legalise it across the board!’”
The reasoning brought forward by Freeman was a refreshing change from the incoherent ramblings of many. As The Independent pointed out, it was certainly a more compelling argument than David Simpson’s (a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives), who stated decriminalisation of cannabis should be done on the basis it was made by God, and “God did not make a mistake”.
Words by Cassie Simpson. Photo by The Smokers Club.