Playboy founder Hugh Hefner recently did an interview with Fox News and among the things they discussed was marijuana legalization.

“I don’t think there’s any question that marijuana should be legalized because to not legalize it, we’re paying the same price we paid for prohibition,” he told Pop Tarts last Wednesday, before receiving the Award of Honor & First Amendment Award at the PEN Center USA’s 20th Annual Literary Awards Festival in Los Angeles. “In other words, it is a medical concern and it should be handled that way.”

Celebrities are influential people, especially icons like Hugh Hefner. Just about anyone, from teenagers to those whose ages have 3 digits, is aware of who Hugh Hefner is. His opinion counts to a lot of people.

Which brings up a good point. If you’re a celebrity and favor cannabis legalization, you should speak out. Every endorsement helps in it’s own way, and can be the difference maker in an upcoming election. We must continue to get cannabis into the mainstream, whether it be in a political sense, or in pop culture.

Every step toward legalization is a step in the right direction.

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