May the logic of Susan Sarandon be an inspiration to all enjoying the Newport Folk Festival and to those camping everywhere this weekend. The "Thelma and Louise" star got very, very candid about her feelings on drug use during an interview with the Daily Beast.
"I'm not new to the idea of mushrooms," Sarandon admits. "I don't really like chemical things, really. Timothy Leary was a friend of mine, so that acid was nice and pure, but I'm not really looking for chemicals, and I don't like to feel speedy. But I've done Ayahuasca and I've done mushrooms and things like that. But I like those drugs in the outdoors — I'm not a city-tripper. My attitude about marijuana or anything is, 'Don’t be stoned if you have to pretend you’re not,' so I’d never do drugs if I was taking care of my kids. I like doing it in the Grand Canyon, or in the woods. You want to be prepared and not have responsibilities. It does remind you of your space in the universe—your place in the universe—and reframe things for you. I think you can have some very profound experiences."
And in not terribly surprising news, Sarandon is all for full legalization of marijuana. Who would have guessed?
"It will be legal everywhere, and that will cause a very interesting tipping point," she says. "Certainly, if more people were smoking instead of drinking, people don't get mean on weed, don't beat up their wives on weed, and don't drive crazy on weed. 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."