Morgan Freeman has weighed in on the on-going debate about the legalisation of marijuana, revealing that he takes the drug for pain relief.
On both sides of the Atlantic, there has been plenty of talk over whether marijuana, commonly referred to as weed, should be legalised.
In California, medical marijuana is legal, and Morgan has now explained his reasons for using the drug, stating that he takes it to relieve the pain from a previous car accident.
In 1997, Morgan was involved in a serious car crash, that shattered his left shoulder, arm and elbow.
The Daily Beast explains that - despite four hours of surgery - he has not fully recovered and does not have full use of his left hand.
“I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana,” he tells the website. “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, ‘Legalise it across the board!’”
“They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!’” he continues. “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.”
As you’d expect, plenty of Morgan’s fans have taken to Twitter to discuss his comments...
The fact that Morgan Freeman smokes weed, is the most fantastic fact of the facts.— Victoria. (@VictoriaRox_) May 11, 2015
Morgan Freeman supports the legalization of weed across the board. I no longer care about your opinion😂— Tonii (@HappieDimples_) May 11, 2015
Can one smoke so much weed that they start to sound like Morgan Freeman?— Jeremy (@oimbot546) May 10, 2015
This isn’t the first time Morgan’s opened up about his drug use, and back in 2011, he discussed it with The Guardian, succinctly telling the newspaper: “Never give up the ganja."