Seth MacFarlane Speaks Out For Cannabis
A man of many voices speaks out for Cannabis.
The creator of hit shows like “Family Guy” and “American Dad” truly needs no introduction. While you may not recognize his face, if you’re familiar with the shows, you’ll surely recognize Seth MacFarlane’s distinctive voice, which is the sound of so many of the show’s characters. Beyond animation, MacFarlane has also directed both of the “Ted” films, and the western spoof “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”
He started his career as an animator for Hanna-Barbera, working on shows like “Johnny Bravo” and “Dexter’s Laboratory.” Notice a trend? All of his animated programs have a certain thing in common: they’re favorites among Cannabis culture.
It turns out that the affinity for his animated programs and their connection to Cannabis users is no mistake, since MacFarlane has admitted to being a proponent of legalization.
In 2006, he spoke eloquently at Stanford University (a speech that can be seen in its entirety on YouTube) about the development of “Family Guy.”
“It is the truth,” he said, “I smoke some pot. I’m not ashamed to say I am a supporter of the legalization of marijuana.”
Keep in mind this was back in 2006, years before any state had legalized.
MacFarlane has served for several years on the board of People for the American Way, a progressive think-tank and lobbying organization in Washington, D.C. He’s also been a longtime proponent of gay rights, environmental causes and other progressive agendas.
“I don’t think we should legalize everything, but [marijuana] is a drug that grows up out of the ground,” he told Larry King on his program in 2012. “You can pick it in the wild, I mean, it’s no different than tobacco.”
More recently in 2015, he told Jimmy Fallon on live TV that he’s even smoked marijuana with his parents.
“There was one Thanksgiving ... my sister and I were wondering if we, in this modern era, brought some pot into the house on Thanksgiving, if they would smoke it, and so we all did,” he told the entertainer.
“It was a very touching moment.”
Beyond his work in animation and film, MacFarlane is also an accomplished vocalist who has recorded three different award-winning jazz albums through his career.
Does Cannabis give him the creative juice to make his comedy writing stand out? Perhaps.
But one thing is for sure: MacFarlane is a unique American talent, and a much-needed voice in the continued mainstreaming of Cannabis.