Mr. Stone has a strong message of his own on the subject of marijuana legalization.
“A lot of money gets involved, and it’s built up into a huge industry in America and in Mexico, where we have criminal justice that has been perverted,” he said in the interview. “We have victimless crimes all over our jails: 50 percent of our jail population is involved with victimless crimes, most of them with drugs. Money gets made by the prisons and the precept will take them private, you know that, and the politicians win votes, the prosecutors, the judges, the bailiffs, everything.”
In June, Mr. Stone was featured on the cover of High Times smoking a joint.
“Certainly if you appreciate California weed, which I have for many years, you’ll realize that we’re somewhat close to the money when we say that, California has surpassed Thailand, Jamaica, South Sudan, and certainly Mexico as the king and queen of quality weed,” he told High Times. “I’m thinking myself of getting into the business, although I suspect there’d be a lot of stress with the Feds changing the rules all the time.”
In the MTV interview, Mr. Stone expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama and other politicians over their failure to act on the issue.
“Obama promised it, but he never delivered. He certainly talked about it. He let us down in a big way on that issue,” he said. “You know what it’s going to take? New leadership. Young people…to get out there and get in front of things and just call a spade a spade.”