Critically acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman has lent his celebrity to the cause of medical marijuana legalization.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, the Shawshank Redemption star revealed he relied on marijuana to ease his pain after he was injured in a car wreck.
“My first wife got me into it many years ago,” Freeman divulged.
“How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!” Freeman said. “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.”
“Weed? Get in my belly!” the actor reportedly added.
The Academy Award-winning Dark Knight actor explained how marijuana, a Schedule 1 substance under federal regulations, was the “only thing” that offered him relief.
“Marijuana has many useful uses,” Morgan said. “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!’”
Freeman also compared authorities’ lax attitude toward the counterculture hippies of the Woodstock era with the events that occurred at the less drug-addled festival 30 years later, which resulted in riots, bonfires and overall chaos.
“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,” Morgan said.
“Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form” reports Governing.com, adding that four states have also legalized the herb for recreational use.
Legalization activists lauded Drug Enforcement Agency head Michele Leonhart’s resignation last month, hoping her departure will leave the door open for national marijuana reform.