Woody Harrelson shocked us all by claiming that he hasn’t consumed marijuana in over a year after being one of Hollywood’s biggest and most vocal proponents of the herb and its legalization.
In an interview with Vulture, Harrelson explained that while he’d consumed cannabis for most of his life, he recently decided to quit because he felt that the plant made him emotionally unavailable and that it messed with his head. He added that giving marijuana up was a consequence of “partying too fucking hard for over 30 years,” and that he wanted to stay away from all of that by also moderating his drinking.
“The effect of it is euphoria. But when you’re doing it all the time, it just becomes… Well, you know.”
Harrelson made headlines back in the 90’s when he was imprisoned for planting hemp seeds in Kentucky as a way of challenging the state laws that made no distinction between the cultivation of hemp and marijuana (For those of you not in the know, hemp has a lower concentration of THC and is used for other purposes besides the medicinal and recreational use commonly associated with cannabis).
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In early 2016 he also applied for a permit to convert his Hawaii home into a marijuana dispensary — a proposal which was later denied, dang it.
He concluded the interview by claiming that he’s still a proponent of the herb and that he thinks it’s a “great drug”. He claims that his decision to step away from marijuana was a personal one that doesn’t reflect on his views on the plant and its federal legalization.
Harrelson’s career is looking great right now with upcoming roles in massive blockbusters like the ‘Han Solo’ movie and ‘War for The Planet of The Apes’. He’s currently promoting his latest movie Wilson, where he plays the title role and co-stars with Laura Dern. The film will be released on March 27 and it looks as weird and crazy as anything you’d expect from him. You can watch the red band trailer below.