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Highly Likely: Frances McDormand

August 05, 2017 | PacerStacktrain

The talented actress says she is a recreational Cannabis smoker and used to enjoy taking psychedelics.


Although not yet a household name, Frances McDormand remains one of America’s most accomplished actresses.

She is among the few American performers to have achieved the “Triple Crown of Acting” winning an Oscar, Tony and Emmy award through her career. The wife of director and writer Joel Coen, of the famous Coen brothers, McDormand has appeared in many of her husband’s films, including Raising Arizona, Fargo and more recently Hail, Caesar! She’s been a fixture on Broadway since the ‘80s.

At times, McDormand has been vocal about her use of Cannabis. In 2003, she appeared on the cover of High Times magazine holding a joint and wearing a Cannabis leaf T-shirt. In the interview, she talks about her personal life, acting career and her thoughts on Cannabis.

“I’m a recreational pot-smoker,” she told the magazine.

frances-mcdormand-quote.jpg“Because it’s not a constant in my life, I don’t say it should be made legal so it’s more available. But from a medical point of view — I have friends who need to use it — why should they have to look too hard for the thing that makes them better? So from that point of view, it’s like, ‘Please, what is the problem?” Of course, this was 2003, long before there was any real notion that Cannabis would ever be legalized in our lifetimes in the United States.

In the interview she notes that she started smoking Cannabis in college, at Bethany College in West Virginia in the late 1970s.

“The problem with pot, McDormand said, was that “there has never been enough of a distinction between marijuana and other drugs. In the classic, weird hygiene movies from high school everything led to depravity—marijuana, sex, coffee! There was no distinction made between the effects of one thing. So it’s always been lumped in with drugs in general.”

While these statements may seem a bit tame by today’s Cannabis activist standards – one should remember that just for an actress of her prestige that coming out in a magazine like High Times during the Bush era was a very radical stance.

It wasn’t until 2014, just after Colorado and Washington had legalized recreational Cannabis, that McDormand spoke again about the subject. She seemed to have changed her stance on legalization. In an interview with the Daily Beast, she revealed an affinity for LSD.

“It was always recreational, and it never became a part of my daily existence,” she said. “But I really, really enjoyed LSD. And I really enjoyed mushrooms very much. It’s unfortunate, I think, that drugs were not handled properly. Politically, they’ve been used to separate the economic classes. Thankfully, it’s all getting fixed now with the marijuana laws.”

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