Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon – who turned 70 this week – has been candid about her penchant for cannabis (and the importance of making it legal) many times throughout her 46-year career. We’ve rounded up a sampling of her best marijuana moments below:
1. Making the best of awards shows
Sarandon admitted in a December 2013 interview on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live that she’s been high for “almost all” major Hollywood events except for the Oscars (she's been nominated for five Academy Awards and won an Oscar in 1995 for her part in Dead Man Walking.)
2. Drawing the line between alcohol and cannabis
Sarandon discussed the dramatic differences between drinking and consuming cannabis in a no-holds-barred interview with The Daily Beast in July 2014, wherein she said marijuana legalization would make for a gentler world. “People don't get mean on weed, don't beat up their wives on weed, and don't drive crazy on weed,” said Sarandon. “They just get hungry, don't go out of the house, or laugh a lot. I think it would make for a much more gentle world."
3. This brilliant answer to a fan’s cannabis question
During another appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live in April 2016, Sarandon was asked by a fan: “How much pot is too much pot, and how do you know when you’ve had too much?” Sarandon grinned and replied: “When you can’t find the joint that you lit, it’s probably time to stop.” It was during this same interview that Sarandon admitted to smoking cannabis with rock legend David Bowie when the two were a couple.
4. Advocating for cannabis use for all
During an interview on HuffPost Live in April 2013, Sarandon said everyone should be able to consume cannabis if they so desire. She also came down on the high rates of incarceration for cannabis consumers, an issue she’s been vocal about on several occasions. “I would like to see everybody be able to smoke pot,” said Sarandon. “That’s a waste of our money to incarcerate all those people, so I’m totally a libertarian in that sense.”
Banner image: Susan Sarandon attends the 'Cafe Society' premiere during the 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, (Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com)