Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman stated that marijuana should be legalized “across the board” in an interview with the Daily Beast last week.
Freeman, a longtime marijuana user, was badly injured in a 2008 car accident in Mississippi, when his 1997 Nissan Maxima left the highway and flipped several times. The accident shattered his left shoulder, arm and elbow, and he has yet to regain the full use of his left hand. Now 77, the actor says that marijuana is the only effective pain treatment he has found.
“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 noted that the legalization movement “is really a long time coming, and it’s getting legs—longer legs.” He also compared the drug with alcohol, stating that the latter “has no real medicinal use. Maybe if you have one drink it’ll quiet you down, but two or three and you’re fucked.”
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