If you were alive in the late 1980s and owned a TV, you saw the commercial. Over and over again.
The 30-second ad brought to you by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America featured an egg, a sizzling-hot frying pan and an actor saying “This is your brain on drugs.” The ad’s intent was to scare the bejesus out of teens — and their parents — from drugs.
John Roselius, the actor now mostly known as the “This Is Your Brain on Drugs Guy” or simply “The Egg Guy,” has turned away from this campaign and has fully endorsed marijuana legalization. In fact, the 72-year-old actor has already voted in favor of Prop 64 in California. (The state allows for early voting.)
“I’m 100 percent behind legalizing it, are you kidding?” he asks.
In an interview in The Rooster, a Colorado-based magazine, Roselius said the 1987 commercial gig paid him $360. Did he believe what he was saying at the time? Nope. According to the interview:
He also admits that marijuana doesn’t fry your brain like an egg in hot cast iron. In fact, he knew it didn’t even when he made the ad. How? Because he’d smoked a bunch of it, mostly during the 1960s, when he was living in San Francisco, often on the dock at lunchtime, often with his other buddies in the Marines. “It was the most relaxed I ever was,” he said.
Roselius is one of many Americans shifting their position on marijuana legalization. According to the latest Gallup poll releases last week, 60 percent of U.S. citizens now support full legalization.
Marijuana is fully legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and the District of Columbia. This November, voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada will decide on the issue. Three other states — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — will vote on whether to allow medical marijuana in its state.
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