Oliver Stone: 'Grass Is God's Gift'
MONDAY, 18 JUNE 2012 12:26
Oliver Stone is making the rounds to promote his new movie, Savages, which is about the marijuana trade in California.
“I’m like Willie Nelson,” he tells the Hollywood Reporter. “I believe that grass is God’s gift. California makes the best in the world now. When I was a kid, it was Vietnamese, it was Thai, Jamaican for a while. All my life I’ve been doing it, off and on. I can stop marijuana. I can [go without it] for weeks and weeks. I’m not addicted, but I enjoy it. I also enjoy alcohol. Cocaine, I stay away from. But I believe in LSD, mescaline, mushrooms, ayahuasca. You ever heard of ayahuasca? It’s a very strong juice that comes from the rubber trees. Ecstasy is great, too.”
In his High Times cover-story interview, Stone adds: "California has surpassed Thailand, Jamaica, South Sudan and certainly Mexico as the king and queen of quality weed. I'm thinking of getting into the business, although I suspect there would be a lot of stress with the Feds…"
Savages is about Mexican cartels making their move to take over the marijuana business in California. "What if the cartels were to reach out and try to control the independent trade here in California," he ponders. "That concept is interesting and can be played hypothetically; whether it really happens, we will see."
Stone recalls his 1968 pot arrest at the Mexican border in the High Times interview: "I was put in a jail in San Diego County, which had 5,000 kids inside - all young, most of them for drugs - and that was when I heard this term used: 'the War on Drugs'…" (Stone has since been arrested twice more for marijuana possession.)
"If we legalized dugs and took the profit out of the marijuana, cocaine and heroin business, it would be an interesting relocation of world assets," Stone surmises.
From the trailer and storyline, Savages appears to be a cross between Scarface (which Stone wrote) and Traffic. It opens on July 6.