Drug Law

Bill Murray's Thoughtful Reddit AMA: The War On Drugs Is A Failure, Waste Of Money

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Bill Murray talked pickles, golf, and the War on Drugs during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on Friday.

When a user asked the 63-year-old actor, "How do you feel about recreational marijuana,” Murray gave a long and thoughtful answer.

“Well that’s a large question, isn’t it?” Murray wrote. “Because you’re talking about recreation, which everyone is in favor of. You are also talking about something that has been illegal for so many years, and marijuana is responsible for such a large part of the prison population, for the crime of self-medication. And it takes millions and billions of dollars by incarcerating people for this crime against oneself as best can be determined.”

“People are realizing that the war on drugs is a failure,” he added, “that the amount of money spent, you could have bought all the drugs with that much money rather than create this army of people and incarcerated people. I think the terror of marijuana was probably overstated. I don’t think people are really concerned about it the way they once were. Now that we have crack and crystal and whatnot, people don’t even think about marijuana anymore, it’s like someone watching too many videogames in comparison. The fact that states are passing laws allowing it means that its threat has been over-exaggerated.”

Colorado and Washington state both recently decriminalized recreational marijuana. Pot shops in Colorado made $1 million in sales the first day they were opened.

Murray said the criminalization of substances like marijuana and alcohol is a relatively recent phenomenon, considering how long they’ve been used as self-medication.

“Psychologists recommend smoking marijuana rather than drinking if you are in a stressful situation. These are ancient remedies, alcohol and smoking, and they only started passing laws against them 100 years ago,” he wrote.

The response to his answer was largely positive.

“What is it like being so awesome?” asked one user.

“Well, nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It's kind of a shock. It's kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light,” Murray said.

Sources: Mediaite, Metro