Russell Brand On The Benefits Of Legalizing Drugs

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Authored by Adam Dick via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

British commentator, comedian, and author Russell Brand has presented a short summation of some benefits from legalizing currently illegal drugs.

Brand, in a new video commentary, presents the summation in response to Stephen Glover’s Wednesday editorial in the Daily Mail that criticizes Britain’s Prince William for questioning publicly if drugs should be legalized while visiting with illegal drug users.

Brand, in the video commentary, calls the prince a “rogue,” yet commends him for both “meeting with addicts” and “asking an intelligent question.”

“My personal experience is making drugs illegal simply inconveniences addicts, turns addicts into criminals, and exacerbates the problems,” says Brand.

Continuing, Brand argues that,

“ legalizing drugs, you would be able to address the problem at its essence - a mental health problem, a problem of need, a problem of loneliness and loss.”

Also, in response to the editorial’s message that “parents groan” at the idea of legalization, Brand responds in part,

“I’m a parent, and I think I’d rather my kid grew up in a world where drugs were legalized so we can have an honest, clear conversation.

Given the scheduled October 3 release of Brand’s book Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions, we can expect to hear more from Brand regarding the drug war and drug legalization in the coming weeks.

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Looney's picture


Russell Brand is Katy Perry’s former lesbian lover.  ;-)


peddling-fiction's picture

Yeah, the devil is in the details.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

I'm not a druggie, I NEED MY MEDICINE.  That's how much his comments are respected.

Overfed's picture

Even a broken clock is right twice per day.

Mr 9x19's picture

gay jesus face, nothing to expect from

RU4Au's picture

Why is it noted that this moron spoke?

Stuck on Zero's picture

The hippie is right at one level. On the other level there are things like crystal meth ... the most addictive substance in the world. Meth can destroy entire towns along with all the lives in them. Drug abuse is complicated.

besnook's picture

there are a coupla studies that show the ready availability of pot lowers the use of meth.

not dead yet's picture

He's wrong on every level. He's also an ex addict so he should know better. I love the big lie that if we legalize drugs we can control them. Like we control alcohol and ciggys? BUT!! Americans have spoken they want their booze, butts, and every flavor of drugs so let them have them. If they are that stupid they need to learn the hard way and no freebee rehab and free halfway houses if they finally wise up. Pay or go cold turkey. The shrinks are drooling over legalization as it will put their profession into hyper growth mode and they can crank the hourly rates to the moon. Rolls Royces and huge yachts for every shrink.

The idea of the war on drugs is a great one. The reality, like most intellectual ideas, is the war is a complete disaster and creates more problems than it fixes. If it fixes any at all. Time to end the war and transfer the glory hunting door kicking DEA shock troops to handing out parking tickets. Or they can be the ones collecting the bodies and delivering them to the funeral homes when the overdoses skyrocket. No sympathy for the dead idiots but there will be plenty of live idiots claiming the dead were victims. Of course there will be plenty of politicians, cops, DEA agents, and others who will be taking huge pay cuts as their pay from the cartels for looking the other way will dry up with legalization. Lots of defense lawyers and jailers out of work and having to flip burgers to keep the lights on.

Citium's picture

Evidence show Overdoses go down with full decriminilization. Look at Portugal... They are the model for the rest of the world to follow. Im sorry but youre wrong.


My town voted to put in a liqour store as its been a dry county and town for its entire existence. The local newspaper said alcohol would bring in the whores and the gangs and guess what fucking didnt happen...? Your argument is essentially the same. If we leave people to their vices their all going to become drug addicted zombies. The current mindset is a criminal one and it should be a mental health issue. So no he is not wrong and no as a former addict myself I believe in complete across the board decriminilization.


The war on drugs is a war on personal freedom, keep that in mind at all times. - Bill Hicks

BLOTTO's picture

Marijuana helps me with my anxiety, my physical pain, promotes appetite and helped me get up to go to work everyday for past 21 years.
Im baked.

Chupacabra-322's picture


Marijuana is the repackaged, marketed Gas Light term TPTB came up with to demonize & criminalize it into the minds of the Slaves.

It's Cannabis Savtiva..

(Marijuanna) was weaponized.

As per Radical Marijuana a poster on ZH:

The single best plant on the planet for people, for food, fiber, fun and medicine, was rebranded as "marijuana which is almost as bad as murder," and those huge legalized lies were backed up by lots of legalized violence for decade after decade, while the mainstream mass media brainwashed people to believe in those huge lies.

"Legalization" is NOT based on more radical hemp truths, but is based on compromises with the original huge lies. Therefore, that kind of bogus "legalization" has added tools of exploitation to the previous tools of prohibition, that were made by the history of weaponizing cannabis. Instead of a source of wealth for everyone, the pot plant continues to be another way that a few people profit from ripping off everyone else, who are not in a position to effectively resist the CLASS WARFARE being waged against them.

Juliette's picture

Marijuana is the repackaged, marketed Gas Light term ...

It's Cannabis Savtiva..


No. It's real name in our country is HEMP. Plain old HEMP. Not Cannabis, not Marihuana. What our farmer cultivated for thousands of years is called HEMP. HEMP, HEMP, HEMP!!!

Chupacabra-322's picture

Junking myself.



ebear's picture

Hemp is the male plant.  The female plant is what you smoke.

And Marijuana is just a girl's name.  Nothing sinister about that.

Incidentally, some people (myself included) have adverse reactions to alcohol, such as blocked sinuses, headaches and hot flushes, not to mention the inevitable hangover.  Trust me, it's not much fun, and it's even less fun watching others have fun if you can't.  For that reason, dope and booze are on equal footing at our social events, the only rule being that (as with cigarettes) you go outside because it stinks up the joint (pun intended).  Anything harder than that - sorry, you're at the wrong party.



Juliette's picture

Just like all cannabis species, hemp plants can be male or female (or both, in monoecious species). It is the female plants that are grown to full maturity and harvested at the end of the season. Male plants die off shortly after they have completed pollination.

Justin Case's picture

I prefer it refined one stage further, just the THC extracted and made into blocks. Burning the leaves stinks. Hash smells nice.

guru69's picture

Pot helps me get high, get the munchies and play all my old Grateful Dead albums.  Here in CA when I go to the medicinal pot clubs, all I see are young people wanting to score and party.  Never go there on a Friday.  The lines are too long.  Party on Garth.

Banana Republican's picture

I'm pleased to say that that confuses me.

I'm not saying I like the clown, but he's right. The "war on drugs" is just another element in the MIC's assault on our civilization.

max2205's picture

Something minus the hangover 

toady's picture

So jealous.... Katy was so hot back when she was a teenager....

and Billy Bob got to ride Angie back when she was hot....

Shay216420's picture

I Read somewhere that Katy left him because he's a freak in the " bed"... he likes having sex in a wheelchair, dressed as a woman.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Sort of...I read his call as a pretext for inflating health care via extending the roster of maladies and disorders ... and further narrow the definition of normal. 

Still Losing Money's picture

yesterday all you ZHers were bitching about the opiod crisis and today you want to make MORE DRUGS MORE AVAILABLE TO MORE PEOPLE. Do you give somene dying of lung cancer a pack of smokes? someone with liver disease of 5th of alcohol? yet  you think the answer to the drug epidemic is more drugs. god, you ZHers are stupid 

Malleus Maleficarum's picture

I'm a ZHer, and I wasn't bitching about the so-called "opioid crisis." I don't care about making drugs available to people - I care about making freedom available to people. If they are irresponsible with that freedom, there could be consequences, health or otherwise. And yes, in a free society, if a dying smoker wants a smoke or a dying alcoholic wants a drink, and they can pay for one, then I see no reason why they shouldn't have one. It's not harming you, and besides, they're dying! Freedom is terrifying, and many Americans have become busy-body, moralizing, hypocritic cowards. Sad!

lucitanian's picture

Speaking of freedom, drugs, and the opiate epidemic in US society, you do realize don't you that the entire "drug culture" was an experiment by your CIA in social engineering, which started in the late 1950's under the name of MK Ultra.

A dumbed-down drug addled society is far easier to brainwash.

CIA Social Control Through Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll
Justin Case's picture

irresponsible with that freedom

Costs all tax payers money. Think how much money it costs to have a variety of different response teams 24/7/365

not dead yet's picture

You forgot moron Americans. Some of which get on juries and award millions to families of the dead guy who smoked 3 packs a day for 30 years claiming the dead guy was a victim.

Blythes Master's picture

Right because the answer is always to make more laws.

HEMP competes with big pharma.

Puppet masters can't have that fucking up their cash flow, so it is ignorantly villified and scorned by ignort politicians and pleebs like you.

The answer to everything is follow the money. Always.

His name was Seth Rich.

Malleus Maleficarum's picture

Yeah, he's right, but for the wrong reasons. Now the desire for ownership of your own body and what goes in it is being conflated with being mentally ill? Most drug users are responsible, and most of the problems of drug use stem from Prohibition, itself. That's a no-brainer, and Prohibition should be completely ended, postehaste. But people use drugs for many reasons: to alleviate real physical pain, boredom, excitement, etc. The kind of 'black and white' thinking demonstrated in this article is a huge reason Western society is fucked, and it reeks of a dark ulterior motive to label anyone who doesn't conform to TPTB archetype as mentally ill. 

JohnGaltUk's picture

This guy is a jerk on so many levels, but he is right on drugs. It's a victimless crime and if they are addicted they need help not jail. I use to run pubs and night clubs and as soon as politicans put more tax on beer, you had more youngsters doing speed or E's.

Did they learn nothing from the Volstead act. Shit these politicians are dumb.

Michael Musashi's picture

I hate druggies, especially weed smokers. I have relatives and friends who smoke all the time (I used to be one) and they're all hypocrites, temperamental, and lack morals. These are very common traits among burnouts.

Tallest Skil's picture

Yeah, I’m going to definitely support a Rothschild-in-law’s wishes!

Moustache Rides's picture

Exactly.  This guy is a stooge.  That said, I am for legalization of all drugs.  It's my decision alone what I do with my body, as long as I'm not harming others.

Moe Howard's picture

I hold the same position.

He really is a moron.

BritBob's picture
Cannabis & Mental health problems

There is growing evidence that people with serious mental illness, including depression and psychosis, are more likely to use cannabis or have used it for long periods of time in the past.  Regular use of the drug has appeared to double the risk of developing a psychotic episode or long-term schizophrenia. However, does cannabis cause depression and schizophrenia or do people with these disorders use it as a medication?

Over the past few years, research has strongly suggested that there is a clear link between early cannabis use and later mental health problems in those with a genetic vulnerability - and that there is a particular issue with the use of cannabis by adolescents.

  • Depression

A study following 1600 Australian school-children, aged 14 to 15 for seven years, found that while children who use cannabis regularly have a significantly higher risk of depression, the opposite was not the case - children who already suffered from depression were not more likely than anyone else to use cannabis. However, adolescents who used cannabis daily were five times more likely to develop depression and anxiety in later life.

(Royal College of Psychiatrists)


ParkAveFlasher's picture

Which begs the questions: why were they depressed, or why were they using drugs in the first place?  And therein lies the solution.

Looney's picture


You’re skipping, BritBobby!

What happened to the Malvinas/Gibraltar nagging?  ;-)


Winston Churchill's picture

As I already suspected, BritBob is a psych., it explains most everything.

OverTheHedge's picture

I thought he was a bot.

Probably he WAS a bot, but Zerohedge is one of those p!aces where you just can't help yourself.

I could give it up any time I wanted to. I don't need Zerohedge, I just read it socially. 

Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.

Legalise drugs, but for god's sake  make Zerohedge a banned substance. It's for the children.


HockeyFool's picture

I had a friend in high school eventually diagnosed as schizophrenic, he was much worse when he smoked pot. Much worse.

As soon as he stopped he was able to function as a normal person (when he took his other meds).

WHen he fell off the wagon and started smoking weed again, he'd lose his job, end up wandering the streets, psyc ward, institutions.

Back and forth for years until he finally gave up weed for good.

So I have seen first hand that people with mental illness are NOT helped by smoking weed.

peddling-fiction's picture

And weed smokers have not felt any paranoia whatsoever. /s

Paul E. Math's picture

Sure, but making it illegal turns your friend into a criminal, which makes it that much harder to get the treatment he needs.

HockeyFool's picture

what? its always been illegal, and weed HURT him, not helped him. The problem for him was the weed.

Are you high?

ACMeCorporations's picture

Like the old saying sez: "Reality is for people who can't handle drugs."

Eyes Opened's picture

Well... u DO look the worse for wear...  lol

BritBob's picture

so getting regulat access to drugs is going to make all of these people happy and the dealers disappear?