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Watch This: Woody Harrelson Got High to Survive Dinner With Trump

November 5, 2017
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Woody Harrelson’s name is nearly synonymous with cannabis, although the actor announced earlier this year that after three decades of toking, he’s finally given up the herb. In an interview with Vulture, he confided that it had been a year since he last smoked, saying it had been “just 30 solid years of partying too fucking hard.”


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“I don’t have a problem at all with smoking. I think it’s great. I think it’s a great drug,” he explained. “Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria.”

Perhaps no one is more acutely aware of Harrelson quitting cannabis than his old buddy, Bill Maher. Also well-known for his love of cannabis, Maher couldn’t resist a few good-natured jabs while interviewing his longtime friend. “Everybody wants to be Woody’s friend. And back in your smoking days, many were,” he said dryly, with Harrelson chuckling.

“We’ve been friends for a very long time,” Harrelson admitted, “and we’ve smoked a lot of joints together.”


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Harrelson appeared on the show to promote his new film, LBJ, in which he plays former president Lyndon B. Johnson. During the interview, the topic of conversation pivoted to current president Donald J. Trump. Harrelson recounted the time the former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, invited him to dinner along with Trump, whom Ventura was hoping to woo as a running mate for a 2004 Democratic bid for the presidency.

“It was brutal,” he said, recalling the memory of the meal. So brutal, in fact, that Harrelson admitted, “I had to sneak out and smoke a joint just to, like,” he gestured emphatically, “steel myself for the rest of this dinner.”

Watch the interview below, where Harrelson alleges he’s “never met a more narcissistic man” than Trump.


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  • c-luv

    Anyone who wants to be President of the USA, IMO, is the ‘most’ narcissistic person ever. I appreciate what Woody has done by speaking out about cannabis. But this article proves nothing. Trump is one man, on a long list of men, who are narcissistic enough to be in that office. Apparently, Woody never had dinner with either of the Clintons… either that or he admires their form of murderous narcissism. But since Trump is the elected President, he makes an easy target for people like this. I’m NOT a Trump defender. But I do like when people see the irony of their beliefs. The irony here is that when people put down Trump – in a way – they’re promoting the Clinton crime family, as Hillary was the only other choice, in the vote (that is, if you believe we still have a choice, but I digress). My pipe-dream is to hear more balanced criticism, especially when it comes to this topic. Both parties, and all kinds of presidents have kept the ‘war on cannabis’ alive for decades. Trump might well be the one who decriminalizes it nationwide… but only time will tell. It depends on whether enough people will convince him it’s a good idea, and he can use it politically. Maybe he’ll do it right before the next election, just like Obama did when he called off the DOJ in legal states. It’s a political football, regardless of who’s in office.