Stephen King: Maine Marijuana Should Be A Cottage Industry, Just Like Potatoes And Lobster

Maine's 2016 ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use could be a dream come true for Stephen King. The horror writer - who turned 69 this week - endorsed cannabis legalization back in 1981, when he told High Times that marijuana could help save Maine's struggling economy.

"I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry," he said. "It would be wonderful for the state of Maine....What we've got up there are lobsters, potatoes, and a lot of poor people. My wife says, and I agree with her, that what would be really great for Maine would be to legalize dope completely and set up dope stores the way that there are state-run liquor stores."

And he had a suggestion for the state's official strain. "You could get your Acapulco Gold or your whatever it happened to be [at the dispensary] -- your Augusta Gold or your Bangor Gold. And people would come from all the other states to buy it, and there could be a state tax on it. Then everybody in Maine could have a Cadillac."

But it doesn't seem like King is a cannabis consumer himself - not while he's working, at least. King thinks the connection between creativity and cannabis is a myth.

"The idea that the creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time," King wrote in his 2010 memoir. "Any claims that the drugs and alcohol are necessary to dull a finer sensibility are just the usual self-serving bullshit."

So that means he can't blame cannabis for the story he wrote about Jordy Verrill, a man who turns into a weed. Check out King playing Verrill in this scene from the anthology movie Creepshow (1982).

h/t Business Insider

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After making progress on marijuana reform, the legalization movement has stalled in two New England states. Cannabis became legal in Vermont last July, but state lawmakers did not put a regulated market for marijuana in place at that time. So while adults in Vermont can possess, grow and consume cannabis, they can't buy it legally.

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