Morgan Freeman, one of the most beloved actors of our time, is notorious for his soothing, charismatic voice. He’s narrated numerous documentary films and appeared in even more feature films.

While Freeman is known best for his performances in the film industry, he is less known for his activism regarding the justice system and the environment.

You may recall that just a short while ago, Freeman decided to transform his 124-acre Mississippi ranch home into a sanctuary for bees, as their numbers have begun to plummet around the world.

Even less so, Freeman is known for his position on marijuana, the illegal substance that has been a hotbed of debate since states like Colorado and Washington legalized its consumption and possession back in 2012.

He was quoted, during an interview with the Guardian, as saying we should “never give up the ganja.”

And he recently furthered that sentiment during an interview with the Daily Beast regarding one of his upcoming films.

The topic of the legalization of marijuana arose after discussing Freeman’s car accident in 1997, during which he lost full use of his left hand. He now uses a yellow compression glove that prevents blood-pooling.

From The Daily Beast interview article:

I ask him about his stance on the legalization of marijuana, since he’s a longtime user.

“They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!” says a chuckling Freeman.

“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.” He pauses, and points to the glove-aid jutting out from his left suit sleeve.

“Marijuana has many useful uses,” he says.

“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!'”

“And what negative effects does it have?” Freeman continues. “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,” he says, referencing the less marijuana-friendly 30th-anniversary event, which resulted in riots and arrests.

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