Actress Susan Sarandon is so dang quotable when it comes to marijuana.
Remember when she talked about being high at all those high-profile award shows? That really seemed to turn Hollywood on its ear.
Now Sarandon is talking again — around the release of her latest film, “The Last of Robin Hood” — about her genuine love of weed.
“It will be legal everywhere,” Sarandon told The Daily Beast, “and that will cause a very interesting tipping point.
“People don’t get mean on weed, don’t beat up their wives on weed and don’t drive crazy on weed. They just get hungry, don’t go out of the house, or laugh a lot. I think it would make for a much more gentle world.”
Sarandon, relying on the argument that marijuana is safer than alcohol, said we still need to act with responsibility.
“It needs to be treated as a controlled substance in that you don’t give it to kids, and you don’t drive,” she told the website. “Certainly, liquor has caused many more deaths. There’s never been a death by marijuana. And the money spent to incarcerate people, the money spent on the drug war, and the fact that cartels are running wild, it’s crazy.”
The drug conversation didn’t end there. The story’s first few questions talk about Sarandon’s trip to Burning Man and her experience with psychedelics.
“I’m not new to the idea of mushrooms,” Sarandon told The Daily Beast. “I don’t really like chemical things, really. Timothy Leary was a friend of mine, so that acid was nice and pure, but I’m not really looking for chemicals, and I don’t like to feel speedy. But I’ve done Ayahuasca and I’ve done mushrooms and things like that. But I like those drugs in the outdoors — I’m not a city-tripper.
“My attitude about marijuana or anything is, ‘Don’t be stoned if you have to pretend you’re not,’ so I’d never do drugs if I was taking care of my kids. I like doing it in the Grand Canyon, or in the woods. You want to be prepared and not have responsibilities. It does remind you of your space in the universe — your place in the universe — and reframe things for you. I think you can have some very profound experiences.”