CANNABIS CULTURE – Actor Michael Douglas wants the US government to consider ending marijuana prohibition to stop violence and help the US economy.
An article posted on the Starpulse Entertainment News Blog paraphrased the Hollywood star, saying he insists “America’s corrupt history seems destined to repeat itself until his countrymen can smoke freely, recalling the violence incited by Prohibition.”
The blog also says the “64-year-old actor is adamant that making cannabis legal would boost America’s flagging economy and make the world more peaceful.”
“It’s an interesting issue with all of these troubles that are going on,” Douglas said, “and trying to resolve things. It’s an interesting thing that’s being raised again.[…] I’m questioning it. We’re trying to get a lot of money for health and education and I’m wondering… you look at these gangs, and I look back at Prohibition. When we didn’t allow alcohol, what did we have? We had gangs. We had big gangs. It’s something that needs to be discussed a little more. It’s an economic issue and a violence issue.”
In the 2000 Academy Award-winning film Traffic, directed by Steven Soderbergh, Douglas played a conservative, tough-on-crime Drug Czar who eventually sees the futility of the Drug War when his daughter becomes addicted to cocaine.
Douglas is set to appear in the upcoming film, The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Matthew McConaughey, and will reprise his role from the 1987 Oliver Stone film Wall Street for the sequel, Money Never Sleeps in 2011.