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Jack Nicholson

… in the Daily Mail:

These days the hard drugs are gone, but he continues – against the Hollywood grain – to smoke cannabis. ‘I don’t tend to say this publicly, but we can see it’s a curative thing. The narcotics industry is also enormous. It funds terrorism and – this is a huge problem in America – fuels the foreign gangs. More than 85 per cent of men incarcerated in America are on drug-related offences. It costs $40,000 a year for every prisoner. If they were really serious about the economy there would be a sensible discussion about legalisation.’

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31 comments to Jack Nicholson

  • Dudeman

    Since when is smoking weed against the Hollywood grain?

  • nottelling

    …Jack Nicholson smokes pot??

    • Common Science

      On the day I interviewed Jack Nicholson, the only cigarettes he smoked had brand names on them. But on the coffee table and the sofa were those familiar-looking little packets of cigarette paper that are used for “rolling your own.” There was a time-not long ago-when Jack was so heavily into smoking marijuana that he even “turned on” during interviews and while he was in front of the camera making movies…

      “I started smoking pot about 18 years ago,” Jack revealed. “I’m what you call a social smoker. I turn on with people for fun-but I can also go for months at a time now without even thinking about it.” Nicholson thinks marijuana should be legalized all over the United States. He supported-both personally and financially -the movement that led to the decriminalizing of smoking pot “socially” as he calls it. “It’s insane to have laws that are making criminals out of such a huge percentage of our population, particularly when it’s merely something that involves morality…”

      “I also think it’s wrong for the U.S. Government to intentionally put out some of the propaganda that federal agencies have published in the past. At one time the government used your tax dollars to put out a pamphlet saying that marijuana smoking would lead to murder and insanity…”

      -John J. Miller, PHOTOPLAY article excerpts, 1976

      • Common Science

        the footer:

        NOTE: PHOTOPLAY would like to emphasize that it does not approve of drugs and advises its readers not to fool around with them. They may sound glamorous in some cases-but they can cause lasting damage and even death.

  • vicky vampire

    Jack is so funny,I remember some years back Rolling Stone Magazine had a special loaded double issue they interviewed a whole bunch of Rock Stars and Actors two of the interviews, that stood in whole issue were given by Bob Dylan, AND Jack Nicholson, They both came across has refreshingly honest,and not so Politically Correct. Love them both for not giving the usual pat safe answers.
    Nice more celebs coming out and saying they smoke pot, with regularity cool.

  • DdC

    Martin Sheen and Klintoon tried stigmatizing pot out of mainstream Horlywood, stoner flicks and hip hop are bringing it back. But with 800 buyers clubs and gazillions of boomers entering seniorhood, it’s getting a little hard to avoid.

    Do this instead.
    No, thanks. l got some store-bought here of my own.
    No, man. This is grass.
    You mean, marijuana? Lord have mercy! ls that what that is? Let me see that.
    Go ahead. Light it up.
    Oh, no, no, no… …l couldn’t do that. l’ve got enough problems… …with the booze and all. l can’t afford to get hooked.
    You won’t get hooked.
    Well, l know. But it leads to harder stuff. You say it’s all right? Well, all right then. How do l do it?
    Here.
    That’s got a real nice taste to it. Though l don’t suppose it’ll do me much good. l’m so used to the booze…
    You’ve got to hold it in your lungs longer…
    ~ Nicholson and Fonda, 1969 Easy Rider

    Easy Rider U2b
    Marijuana and UFO’s

    The Marijuana Smokers by Erich Goode

  • DdC

    Very Important Pothead of the Month: Roseanne Barr
    Roseannearchy: In her new book, comedian Roseanne Barr admits smoking marijuana kept her “balanced enough to become successful and rich”. CC full story

    American High Society

  • Duncan20903

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

    Despite Mr. Nicholson’s masterpiece of a performance in that movie, The book was much, much better. Did you know from the movie that he was writing a play, hence the “no play” reference? Even more ironic is that the phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” was nowhere to be found in the book.

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Indeed.

    • pfroehlich2004

      @Duncan20903:

      Do you have an ongoing feud with NikoGogol on the SF Chronicle site? It made for some gripping reading.

      His postings really do seem to be the ramblings of an actual paranoid schizophrenic. Somebody ought to warn Desley Brooks and her “homies” before that guy has a Loughner moment.

      • Duncan20903

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        No, just met him in that particular comments page. Actually I’m glad I ran into him because I think he might have been a help in improving my effectiveness as an advocate. Yeah, he was driving me batshit because he was overposting and had a comment for every comment in the darn list. Later I thought damn, that’s probably a case of the pot calling the kettle black. I might have even annoyed a few people into shutting off and disregarding the message just by doing the same things. The point is to get the message out, not to engage in a self congratulatory circle jerk to excite my ego.

        Assholes do have a use, don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

        I must admit I was stunned when I asked the rhetorical question “which Federal law is the Oakland Council breaking?” and he responded with ‘anti-trust’. What the heck, anti-trust?? For growing pot??? Know Nothings really do come up with some precious blather if you give them the chance.

  • Tim

    And this quote, which is both true and poignant:

    ‘If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women. There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now and that makes me sad.’

    • Duncan20903

      .
      .
      That guy hasn’t made it to 50. I must admit when I was 20 I had a constant erection and went wherever it pointed. I think that’s a benefit of aging, not a liability. One of the best thing about being 50 is discovering 40 and 50 year old women.

      They don’t swell, they don’t tell and they’re grateful as hell.
      — Ben Franklin

      It’s ok if you don’t believe us.

      * An older woman can wear any hat she chooses and nobody will laugh. A younger woman wearing the same hat will always look like a lampshade in a brothel.

      * An older woman will never wake you up in the middle of the night & ask you, “What are you thinking?” An older woman doesn’t care what you think.

      * An older woman always carries a purse full of emergency supplies. Young women go hungry and bleed to death every time there’s a natural disaster.

      * An older woman always carries a condom in her purse. A younger woman is still hoping the guy might have one on him.

      * An older woman is a cheaper date. A younger woman will cost you 12 beers, but an older woman will sleep with you after a cup of a herbal tea.

      * The older a woman gets, the stronger her libido gets and the older a man gets, the weaker his libido gets… which is why nature intended young guys to go out with older women and young women to go out with older men. (this one ain’t always true – wink, wink )

      * An older woman can wear bright red lipstick during the day without looking like she just had an adventure inside a jam jar. This is not true of younger women or drag queens.

      * Older women can run faster because they’re always wearing sensible shoes.

      * An older woman is into free sex! An older woman is almost always already attached to someone, so there’s no need to develop a phobia about committing to her. The last thing she needs in her life is another clingy, whiny, dependent lover! (child)

      * Older women are more honest. An older woman will tell you that you are an a$$ if you’re acting like one. A young woman will say nothing, just in case it means you might break up with her. An older woman puts herself on a pedestal.

      * An older woman will never get pregnant and then suddenly demand that the two of you get married. In fact, if you impregnate an older woman, you will probably be the last to know…

      * Older women have jobs with dental plans. Younger women can’t help you when your teeth get knocked out playing hockey.

      * An older woman will never accuse you of “using her.” She’s using you.

      * Older women take charge of the situation. An older woman will call you up and ask you for a date. A younger woman will wait forever, by the phone, for you to call…

      * Older women know how to cook. Young women know how to dial Pizza Hut Take out.

      * An older woman will introduce you to all of her girlfriends. A younger woman will avoid her girlfriends when she’s with you, in case you get any ideas…

      * Older women are psychic. You never have to confess to having an affair, because somehow they always know.

      * Older women often own an interesting collection of lingerie that they have acquired from admirers over the years. Young women often don’t wear underpants at all, thus practically eliminating all possibility of a strip-tease.

      * Older women know what Kegel exercises are.

      * An older woman will agree to go to McDonald’s with you for a meal. Younger women are too nervous to eat anything in front of somebody that they might possibly boff later.

      * Older women are dignified. They are beyond having a screaming match with you in the middle of the night in a public park.

      * Older women are experienced. They understand that sometimes, after 12 beers, a boy just can’t get it up. A younger woman may need some time to grasp this fact.

      * An older woman has lots of girlfriends… and most of them will want to boff you too.

      * An older woman will always meet the minimum height requirement to go on an amusement ride.

      * An older woman will never accuse you of stealing the best years of her youth because chances are someone else has stolen them first.

  • Sick........!

    Thank You jack ! Bout time we get some ez rider action.

  • kaptinemo

    OT: From AlterNet comes Is This the Year America Wakes Up to Its Prison Disaster? Why Conservatives Are Finally Jumping on the Bandwagon

    From the article:

    t’s not just about dollars. Although fiscal concerns are a driving force among conservatives, there are also signs they are recognizing and confronting the failures of our drug and criminal justice policies. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, none other than former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote of “more humane, effective alternatives” to the national imprisonment binge.

    Still, as their states bleed red ink, some of them are shifting from “tough on crime” to “smart on crime.” Leading the charge is a newly formed advocacy group, Right On Crime, endorsed by big conservative names including Gingrich, taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, and former drug czar William Bennett.

    Bill Bennett, huh? Mr. Holier-Than-Thou-Gambling- Addiction-Behead-Drug-Dealers Billy Bennett? One of the progenitors of this horrible mess of over-incarceration?

    Cue Homeric laughter. How long have drug law reformers been sounding the alarm about what this has done to us fiscally as well as to us as a society? How long? Damn’ well over a decade, way back to the mid-to-late 1990’s. “A prophets in his own country…” and all that.

    And these jerks who made the mess will take the credit for cleaning it up, you watch. Only in Uh-merikah.

    • Duncan20903

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      I don’t have any particular need to see them grovel, apologize, or even admit they’re wrong. Hell, I’ll even pin a fucking medal to their collective chest and thank them profusely for coming up with this idea which will save our country, and lobby for statues of them to be placed in public parks across America, Colombia and Mexico. I’ll be happy to say “Gosh guys, I can’t believe that no one else ever came up with the idea!” while using a tone of voice full of respect and gravitas. My hard limit is that I won’t consider anything other that laughing at them behind their backs, but that’s just me. I’ve got no problems with rewriting history to make John Walters a friend of freedom if this thing ends. Goddammit let’s make him exempt from income taxes if that’s what it takes. Like Malcolm X said, “by any means necessary”.

      Then again, I’m a cheap date, so remember to take my thoughts with a grain of salt. Listening to my philosophical wax isn’t a good idea for patients that require a low sodium diet.

    • DdC

      Hang em high, while they’re straight.
      Then shoot them for good measure.
      Then piss on their graves.
      Never forgive them for they knew what for they did…

      Pissing on Drug Warrior Graves

      “You can’t depend on the man who made the mess
      to clean it up.”
      – Richard Nixon

      Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1

      “When the President does it,
      that means that it’s not illegal.”
      ~ Richard M. Nixon

      “We have spent over a trillion dollars trying to eradicate the world’s most beneficial plant off the face of the earth. Imagine what a better world this would be if that money had been spent on treatment, education and studying the medical benefits of marijuana.”
      — Steve Hager – High Times Editor (1988 – 2003)

      Any change is resisted because bureaucrats
      have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist.
      – Richard Milhouse Nixon

      Body Count: Kids Who Kill Moral Poverty . . .
      and How to Win America’s War Against Crime and Drugs

      ARTICLE: BC 01/02 97 Simon & Schuster 271 pp
      By William J. Bennett, John J. Dilulio, and John P. Walters
      From his perch as the director of the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which he believes will help uplift many needy people but particularly the most troubled teenagers, John J. DiIulio Jr. conceded today that he wished he had never become the 1990’s intellectual pillar for putting violent juveniles in prison and condemning them as “superpredators.

      “Soon after Drugczar Carlton Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty.”
      — Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer

  • kaptinemo

    Duncan, were it not for the fact that 16 years ago I lost just about everything worth having (save my life) courtesy of these hypocritical MFers, whose only concern is money rather than the lives their support of the DrugWar had destroyed and continues to destroy, I might be inclined to be generous, too. And I am one of the ‘lucky’ ones.; I didn’t see the inside of a sodomy academy, er, I mean, a prison.

    What has happened to this country courtesy of the DrugWar has permanently scarred not only the psyches (and all too often, bodies) of those it directly savaged, but our national character as well. Too much in the way of fascist thinking has pervaded our national policies and cultural practices.

    The police, for example, have been allowed to become paramilitary, with the resulting extra-judicial loss of life as well as denigration of the fragile ‘social contract’ between the people and their putative ‘servants’, who’ve been allowed to run roughshod over our rights in order to ‘protect’ us. They’ve gotten ‘used’ to treating their paymasters like trash.

    When it’s all over, this country needs to do some deep soul-searching as to what we want to be as a nation. Too many freedoms have been abridged or lost altogether, and we need to make sure that we as a nation NEVER, EVER allow this sort of thing to happen again.

    And if that means tribunals, where those who’ve been the cheerleaders for this abomination are publicly excorriated for the fascist bastards that they were for doing so, so be it. Otherwise, you can bet real money that something like that would be done again, for as a character of a favorite movie of mine said long ago, “It is the doom of Men to forget.”

    • [Editor’s note: deleted an entire thread at this point that was serving no purpose but to get two of our commenters with way too much time on their hands too much opportunity to get sidetracked from doing anything useful related to drug policy.]

  • Cliff

    “Too many freedoms have been abridged or lost altogether, and we need to make sure that we as a nation NEVER, EVER allow this sort of thing to happen again.”

    The Egyptians are giving us an object lesson on how hard it is to win back freedom. Liberty is so easily abridged by our government masters, but so hard to wrest back from its clutches.

  • Duncan20903

    We don’t want to waste our time with a “sensible” discussion. It’s beyond the ken of the prohibitionist mind. These are people who think sumarry executions for petty possession is “sensible”. The word “sensible” has such broad application that it’s preactically meaningless.

    I’d rather try a ‘good faith’ negotiation but I doubt that’s within those people’s abilities as well.
    ————————————————————————————————————-

    What is the point of arresting the congenitally stupid? Exactly how much money did this cost the taxpayers of Connecticut? The benefit is what? Comments are a laugh riot, some from posters to laugh with, but lots from posters to laugh at. Did that woman really say ‘pinched’?? Well they have the audio with the story so you can listen and find out.

    ………..Pothead Arrested for Asking a Perfectly Reasonable Question

    _/snip/_

    “I have a legal question.

    “Is it an emergency?”

    “I don’t know what that means.”

    “Is it life-threatening or a crime in progress?” the dispatcher asked, growing more exasperated.

    “Crime in progress, possibly,” Michelson responded.

    “Okay.”

    “I was just growing some marijuana, and I was just wondering how much trouble you can get in for one plant.”

    There was a long pause.

    “You’re growing marijuana,” the dispatcher said slowly, barely able to hide her amusement. “And you want to know … Depends how big the plant is.”

    “It’s only a seedling.”

    “Well, it’s possession. You can get pinched for a roach in the car.”

    “Okay, thanks for the information,” Michelson said.

    Later, when cops arrived at his house and arrested him, Michelson found out… _/snip/_

  • DdC

    Yes but, I’m sure you’ll get over it… parumpum!

    • DdC

      Drug War Bailing Out Banksters
      Sibel Edmonds

      “At the end of every shift, one hears officers extolling the virtues of apprehending a ‘hype,’ ‘junkie’or ‘druggie.’ Since these tools for financial benefit, career advancement, and peer status are no longer valued as people, officers need not trouble themselves with ethical questions.”
      – Gil Puder, Vancouver Police Officer, 1998

      DAREyl SWAT Gates LAPDog Perversions

      “Casual drug users should be taken out and shot.”
      — Daryl DARE Gates – Former LAPD Chief

      Kill the Messenger

      “Our criminal laws, while facially neutral, are enforced in a manner that is massively and pervasively biased. The injustices of the criminal justice system threaten to render irrelevant fifty years of hard-fought civil rights progress.”

      Civil and Human Rights

  • LogicalMind

    We need to end the madness and end prohibition.

  • strayan

    “These days the hard drugs are gone”

    Would someone please explain to me the pharmacological criteria that a drug has to meet to be put in this category.

    It seems like bullshit category to me.

    • Mike

      i would agree, total bullshit. Especially since LSD is often lumped into that category. If anything alcohol is a “harder” drug then acid.

  • Nowhere Girl

    In my opinion the classification of “soft and hard drugs” is just void and pointless. There’s no scientific classification of this kind, only politics. The only classification that makes any sense should be based on effects.
    I know two classifications of “soft and hard drugs”. In the first one, basically only cannabis is thought to be a “soft drug”, so there’s rather no need for the term itself. In the second one, psychedelics are “soft drugs” too. Still, I wouldn’t describe it as accurate. Sure, they are non-addictive and have low harm potantial, but still I would never call something with such intense effects “soft”. It would make them seem too benign – and such substances deserve respect.

    And back to the topic of Jack Nicholson – doesn’t anyone remember that years ago he wrote the script for quite a famed “drug movie”? Roger Corman’s “The Trip”, the film with one of the shortest reviews I have read: “That this guy drops acid and the whole film is about his ride”. 😉