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


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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