You know him. You love him. You hate Angelina Jolie for landing him. Brad Pitt, a six-time Academy Award nominee, has been very open about his personal use and the legalization of marijuana. From his expertly executed portrayal of stoner Floyd in the 1993 film True Romance to his smoke sessions with legendary director Quentin Tarantino, Pitt is a Hollywood A-lister with a passion for pot.
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Brace yourselves, people. Not only is Pitt an incredible actor and a world-class father, the man rolls a perfect joint according to Bill Maher. In a 2009 interview on Real Time, Pitt lightheartedly commented that he is an “artist” when it comes to rolling a J after Maher shared a story about watching him do so at a party years before. During that same interview, Pitt said that if he were to run for mayor of New Orleans (a popular t-shirt seen around The Big Easy), his three main issues would be taking religion out of legislation, legalizing cannabis, and supporting gay marriage rights.
Four years ago, Pitt served as an executive producer for a documentary that examined the true cost of the war on drugs, The House I Live In. While promoting the documentary, Pitt told The Hollywood Reporter, “I could probably land in any American city and within 24 hours find whatever you want. But we still support this charade called the drug war. We spent a trillion dollars over 40 years and a lot of people have lost their lives over it.”
In a joint statement from Pitt, The House I Live In documentarian Eugene Jarecki, and fellow executive producers John Legend, Russell Simmons, and Danny Glover, the group applauded President Obama’s policy on marijuana in 2012, “President Obama should be commended for expressing the will of the people in Colorado and Washington. Our jails are overburdened with nonviolent drug users in this country, too often serving harsher sentences than violent criminals. This defies all common and economic sense. The President’s statement reflects a saner and more sensible drug policy, and a step away from the decades long failed war on drugs.”
Over time, Pitt has publicly commented about his own use of cannabis, particularly about 88discontinuing it on two separate occasions: in 2009 and 2012. On that same episode of Real Time, Pitt said he stopped using weed when he became a father in 2005. However, in his 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Pitt claimed that upon seeing the extreme poverty on a trip to Morocco during the mid-to-late 1990s, “I just quit. I stopped grass then — I mean, pretty much — and decided to get off the couch.”
While Pitt is off the weed now, who knows if he’ll find himself benefiting from its medicinal uses as he gets older. Maybe when he and Jolie eventually become empty-nesters, he’ll find himself enjoying the occasional, perfectly rolled joint or two to unwind. For now, pot culture enthusiasts appreciate Brad Pitt’s work as an actor and advocate.
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