Morgan Freeman Can’t Get Enough of Marijuana

Morgan Freeman is accustomed to being in the headlines for his movie roles, but it’s the comments he made about marijuana that are generating media attention now. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Freeman advocated for the legalization of marijuana, largely relying on his own experiences with it to back up his stance.

Freeman’s Use of Medical Marijuana

Freeman credits his first wife, whom he divorced in 1979, with introducing him to marijuana. However, it wasn’t until he was in a severe car accident in 1997 that he began using marijuana medicinally. He was driving through Mississippi in a Nissan Maxima when he lost control, sending the car flipping over repeatedly. His left arm, hand and shoulder were terribly injured and required extensive surgery. Even after several years he doesn’t have the use of his left hand. He can often be seen wearing a compression glove on that hand, which prevents blood from dangerously pooling in the extremity.

Freeman admits to his use of medicinal marijuana as a means of coping with the pain associated with his injury, and he isn’t shy about pointing out the drug’s other uses.

Medicinal Marijuana Can Change Lives

Freeman notes that he takes marijuana via several delivery methods to deal with physical pain. A growing body of evidence suggests that the drug can be used to treat a multitude of medical conditions. Freeman points out how it has been used to reduce the frequency and severity of grand mal seizures. However, it’s also been used to ease nausea symptoms related to chemotherapy and to treat Crohn’s disease.

As Freeman asserts, “the thrust is understanding that alcohol has no real medicinal use,” yet it is legal at a federal level while marijuana isn’t.

Regardless of whether marijuana is legal in the state, employers are still able to enforce drug testing and penalize marijuana use.

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