Actor and Marijuana Majority member Vince Vaughn - who turns 46 today - describes himself as a conservative. He passionately defended the rights of gun owners and even collaborated with controversial talkshow host Glenn Beck. So you might be surprised that he's also a vocal opponent of the War on Drugs, even though he has endorsed past presidential candidates such as the pro-legalization Ron Paul.

But that's part of his libertarian-leaning take on big government. In an interview with British GQ published in June 2015, the "frat pack" alumnus characterized drug prohibition as the same sort of bureaucratic overreach as the American government's approach to national security:

"Edward Snowden is a hero," Vaughn told GQ. "I like what he did. My idea of treason is that you sell secrets to the enemy. He gave information to the American people. Snowden didn't take information for money or dogmas. Governments claim to write endless laws to protect us, a law for this, a law for that, but are they working? I don't think so. The consequences are that there is a staggering loss of freedom for the individual. I look at the drug wars and they are absolutely f***ing ridiculous. There is a black market and the prisons are overcrowded and it's not preventing drug use. There's a corruption that goes all the way to the top."

And he's been known to flout those laws privately. In 2013, Snoop Dogg revealed that he, Vince Vaughn and others from the the cast and crew of "Old School" (2003) relaxed after putting in long hours on set by having an off-camera cannabis session. Maybe marijuana gave Will Ferrell the courage to streak through Snoop's concert in the film.

h/t Hollywood, Salon, Telegraph, Mediate

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