Arguably one of the most recognizable voices and faces in acting, Morgan Freeman, has long been advocating for the legalization of cannabis in the United States. It’s such a hot topic that even Larry King, America’s most iconic talk show host, couldn’t resist discussing marijuana with the famous “voice of God” in a recent episode of Larry King Now on Ora TV.
King begins the segment by explaining to Freeman that viewers want to know more about his “love of marijuana” and what his favorite cannabis strain is.
Acknowledging that he is not a cannoisseur, Freeman reports that he doesn’t have a favorite strain, but he’ll try it if its a “good smoke.” Freeman predicts that cannabis “has to be” legalized soon when King asked, “Do you think it’s going to be legal everywhere?”
Explaining his reasoning, Freeman stated,
“They can’t continue to say its a dangerous drug when its safer than alcohol.”
To which Larry King concurred,
“It’s a lot safer.”
This is an undeniable point considering that 2,220 people die from alcohol poisoning each year, which is an average of six people per day. The number of people who have died from a cannabis overdose remains steady at zero.
It’s undeniable that consuming too much cannabis — just like drinking too much alcohol — can cause adverse effects like extreme discomfort, disorientation, confusion, hallucinations, nausea, paranoia and fear. Over consumption has even been blamed for at least one accidental suicide and a homicide, but the cause of death has never been “lethal cannabis overdose.”
Death from ingesting too much cannabis is physically unfeasible because a person would need to consume an impossible amount in order to potentially induce a lethal response. “A marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette.” Explained DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young in 1998,
“A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about 15 minutes to induce a lethal response.”
An agreeing point of view with a different perspective was also presented by the National Cancer Institute:
“Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”