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Morgan Freeman: Legalize Marijuana In The US & Across The Board

Morgan Freeman: Legalize Marijuana In The US & Across The Board

Morgan Freeman, who won the best supporting actor Oscar in 2005, for Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, has come out in support of Marijuana legalization. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, he divulged how marijuana still eases the pain he suffers after he broke his left arm, shoulder and elbow in a car accident in 2008.

In his comments, the 77-year-old actor derided an archaic logic. He said, “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. 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.

“Marijuana has many useful uses. 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!’”

Cannabis use is currently a hot subject in the US. The US federal government recently admitted that marijuana may serve as a useful treatment for brain tumors. The drug has been legalized for use for both medicinal and recreational purposes in four states – Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska. In 12 states, the possession, sale, transportation and cultivation of marijuana is permitted only for medical purpose.

There are many examples and supporting  evidence that proves marijuana is saving lives; medical marijuana is being used to relieve pain from headaches, diseases like cancer, and long-term conditions like glaucoma or nerve pain. The American Academy of Paediatrics has urged the federal government to downgrade marijuana to a Schedule II drug, to allow more research into its potential uses to treat children suffering from seizures.

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