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I've always liked Morgan Freeman. Here's another reason…

Morgan Freeman On Marijuana: Criminalization Of Weed Is 'Stupidest Law Possible'

Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.

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11 comments to Free man

  • thelbert

    as stated in the declaration of arbroath no honest man gives up his liberty until he stops breathing. mr freeman is an honest man who speaks the truth. now he needs to get next to obama and shout into that hollow melon “stop infringing the rights of free men”. who knows it might make an impression.

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    • claygooding

      Only if he bids more than Obama’s bosses.

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    • Hollow mellon??……What a nice way to say how little he understands what makes Americans function at the core level. Would be a much better country if Morgan were the president and Oblamer could just be an out of work actor….HEY, I just realized all he needs is the unemployed part….Scooby made a funny.

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  • caught Tavis Smiley interviewing Jimmy Walker last night and they were talking about the old Hollywood where a black man could hardly get a positive role… and then when it changed – it changed! – Morgan Freeman played god, 4 times.

    I met god once… he laughed.

    And good on Morgan. Damitol®! It’s time for Hollyweed to step up to the plate. Lord knows the topic of weed plays no small part in current American cinema. And it all mocks the stupidity of herb being illegal. But the actors get paid a lot, using ganja as a prop. And most films w/ pot are comedies…

    Which of course isn’t offensive. The strongest laugh there is when ya bust a gut and have perma-grin whilst under the influence and you can’t stop laughing because even that’s funny… and don’t dare look at anybody… ’cause then that’s funny…

    … laughter is a good thing. And pot… makes you laugh. Ergo

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    • claygooding

      If you look at any large group of politicians,,you see a lot of people that could use a good laugh.

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      • or… any group of large politicians.

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        • Duncan20903

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          Oliver Stone has been very visible on this issue for at least the last couple of months. Of course he’s promoting his new movie but he could have done that without promoting cannabis law reform.

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    • They might as well laugh as they are considered the joke of the western hemisphere.

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  • Going to watch The Shawshank Redemption with a new feeling in my heart from now on.

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  • Eridani

    Good article. Mr. Freeman definitely is one of the most knowledgeable actors around: he frequently narrates science documentaries, and his support for marijuana legalization cements his position as a scholar, perhaps even more so than a actor. One thing I didn’t like: the gallery of “420-friendly celebrities”; it should have been called “Human rights-friendly celebrities.”

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  • Servetus

    New interpretations are being proposed for Stanley Milgram’s famous experiments in which test subjects obeyed orders to apply what they were told were severe electrical shocks to people who uttered the wrong answers to questions.

    Instead of obedience to authority, the latest experimenters, Reicher, Haslam, and Smith, suggest that social identification may be the central reason for the subjects’ shocking behavior, especially as it applies to subjects who refused to administer the simulated shocks after a certain point.

    If the subject refused to administer a shock, it was because the subject identified with the victim, and not the experimenter. If the subject identified with the experimenter’s culture or professional status, simulated shocks were administered up to the maximum indicated voltage.

    Under this interpretation, the prohibitionists’ obedience to authority is not the issue. Rather, it is social identification with a particular culture which radically distinguishes itself from a person who is arrested, prosecuted, and then persecuted for drug use. Morgan Freeman, in this case, identifies with the marijuana smokers, as he should. The new interpretation of the Milgram experiment explains the unnecessary anger and inhumane treatment meted out to drug suspects, which often appears in stark contrast to other types of criminal apprehensions and prosecutions.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/afps-sin071812.php

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