He will always be associated with methamphetamine because of his most famous role as Walter White on the hit series Breaking Bad (2008-2013). But, in his private life, Bryan Cranston is a California-born actor who is a plain-spoken advocate of legalizing marijuana, even though he does not consume himself.
In an interview with High Times, from August 2012, he shared his beliefs about marijuana legalization. To this day his beliefs and thoughts on marijuana are still relevant as states are still struggling with the legalization of cannabis, medical or recreational. Here are the highlights from that interview.
Marijuana should be treated like wine
The federal government, even today, lists marijuana as Schedule 1 drug and treats it as substance that is as addictive and as dangerous as heroin. Cranston’s opinion on the other hand, is far more reasonable:
“I went on Bill Maher’s show and publicly said, ‘Legalize marijuana.’ Marijuana started out with a bad connotation, as you know – but to me, marijuana is no different than wine. It’s a drug of choice. It’s meant to alter your current state – and that’s not a bad thing. It’s ridiculous that marijuana is still illegal. We’re still fighting for it.”
Cranston is a non-smoking advocate
The California-born actor said he doesn’t smoke weed because of one quirky side effect:
“Pot has always had the effect of making me sleepy. I have a friend who will smoke — or suck on a pot lollipop – on a daily basis. It not only doesn’t put him to sleep, he cleans the entire house! He goes to work, no ill effects. It’s just his metabolism. Everyone’s body is different.”
But Cranston says that he would use it as medicine, insomnia treatment for example.
“If I ever couldn’t sleep, give me a hit or a little bite of an edible and I’d be out in 15 minutes.”
Marijuana should be a matter of personal choice
Everyone can make their own choices, and instead of prohibition Cranston believes that the USA should let citizens rule on personal marijuana use accord to the laws of personal preference:
“It comes down to individual decision-making,” Cranston argued. “There are millions of people who smoke pot on a social basis and don’t become criminals. So stop with that argument – it doesn’t work.”
He practices what he preaches about cannabis
He told his daughter what he says publicly:
“Again, it’s about decision-making. My wife and I handled it that way: We said, ‘Look, you know we trust you. You make your own decisions; we know you’re smart. If you go out and you want to drink and smoke, be in an environment where you feel safe and comfortable — and don’t drive!”
What a man!
Use common sense: don’t drive when you’re high
Once a wise man, always a wise man, Cranston like many Americans, believes that your personal choices should be danger to another person’s life:
“I see all these celebrities who go out and either get high or get drunk and then drive. It’s like, ‘What is wrong with you? You have all the means – if you want to go out and party, go out and party. But why can’t you hire a driver for the night? C’mon!’ I don’t know…I don’t get it. It’s about being smart.”