By Johnny Dank
It’s well documented that Oliver Stoner is open about his marijuana use citing it’s a part of his healthy routine. The man behind the movie Nixon – which delved into the president’s war declaration on drugs 40 years back – has been 420 friendly since his days serving in Vietnam during the 60’s.
Stone is a connoisseur when it comes to style – and he knows good marijuana when he inhales her therapeutic essence. He is convinced that the United States are producing the best cannabis on this green earth. His palette of marijuana has spanned across the globe coming from Vietnam, Jamaica, South Sudan and Thailand – with the United States being the best place to get weed. Also being a supporter that legalizing cannabis could be a massive, growth industry for the taxpayer if legalized.
The acclaimed 65 year old director – a large supporter of legalization due to all the health benefits of marijuana and cannabinoids — said, “There’s good weed everywhere in the world, but my God, these Americans are brilliant.” Stone proclaims, “It can be done. It can be done legally, safely, healthy, and it can be taxed and the government can pay for education and stuff like that. Also, you can save a fortune by not putting kids in jail.”
The upcoming movie ‘Savages’ is Stone’s newest endeavor into his brilliant mind which is cultivating controversy. It diagrams a fictitious story that’s dropped right into the chaotic world of the drug cartels of Mexico and California marijuana growers – Perhaps showing the harmony in a world with legalized marijuana which Stone envisions one day.
“That would be my personal solution, but as a politician, I would fight for decriminalization first, because that is the immediate by-product of this mess that we got ourselves into. It’s very hard to pull out of a $40 billion-a-year industry, which is the prison industry. It’s probably more than $40 billion. But they will fight you tooth and nail to keep these prisons as big as they are,” said Stone.
“It’s worse than slavery, per capita. In the black community, it is a form of slavery, this drug war, because it imprisons a huge portion of people, destroys their lives, coarsens our culture. And why? Marijuana is much less harmful than tobacco and prescription drugs in many cases and certainly alcohol. This puritanical strain got started with Nixon. It was a political issue for him, and it’s gotten worse. It’s like the Pentagon. You can’t stop it.”
His voluptuous co-star of ‘Savages,’ Selma Hayek agreed with Stone that legalizing marijuana for medicinal use would be the right choice – helping overwhelmed patients in dire need for medical marijuana which aids as a more holistic, organic method to cure their ailments.
“Yeah, marijuana, if it’s legalized and controlled,” Selma said. “Some of the other drugs that are on the market are really, really dangerous. The legal drugs. That your doctor can prescribe. And they can kill you with it slowly.” A world where marijuana is legal and not criminalized to the extent of ‘real’ deviants – is the tranquil, ‘high,’ world Stone envisions…
“It doesn’t hurt me,” he said. “I support smoking weed. As you can see, I’m still functioning at my age. My mind feels good.”
Oliver — Same with me too.