MEDIA FEAST ON DARYL HANNAH DRUG QUOTE
The April issue of HIGH TIMES features an interview with eco-activist/actress Daryl Hannah. In that interview, conducted by freelance journalist David Kupfer, Hannah comes out for marijuana, psychedelics and hemp.
"I'm afraid of chemical-based drugs," she says. "The ones derived directly from nature concern me less. Things like mushrooms. peyote, hallucinogens, marijuana shouldn't be illegal... It's absolutely ridiculous that something can be illegal when it can be so useful for opening minds. Hallucinogens open up all your senses, beyond the small portals we normally experience the world through. They can actually be quite educational and result in epiphanies."
Jay Leno was quick to pickup on Hannah's comments. In his Tonight Show monologue on Feb. 18, the stony talk-show host cracked, “In an interview in the recent HIGH TIMES magazine, Daryl Hannah says marijuana should be legalized because it is quite educational. Oh, yeah, well, that will explain why all the kids in school who smoked dope always got the highest grades.”
New York Daily News celebrity columnist Lloyd Grove was the first to report HIGH TIMES' scoop in the newspaper's Feb. 11 edition. Under the headline, "They Call Her Mellow Yellow," Grove wrote, "Blonde beauty Daryl Hannah sings the praises of hallucinogenic drugs in the upcoming issue of HIGH TIMES."
News travelled fast. Columnists in the Chicago and Seattle weighed in on the discussion. "Spoken like a true head," the Seattle Post Intelligencer said of Hannah, while "Good grief," was the Chicago Sun-Times' mini-headline.
In England, the website contactmusic.com distributed the story without crediting it to HIGH TIMES. Meanwhile, the website shroomery.org gushed, "Daryl Hannah reveals her fondness for hallucinogens."
Hannah has yet to comment about this media flurry.
Interview by David Kupfer
Photo by Gordon Scott
Daryl Hannah walks the walk by living off the grid. Her solar-powered home in the Rocky Mountains is a model of eco-friendly design, with an organic vegetable garden and spring water which runs through it. She drives a car that burns recycled french-fry oil from fast-food restaurants.
“They actually dump billions of gallons of it a year,” she says. “The diesel engine was meant to run on vegetable oil. It’s actually less expensive than gas these days, and also burns green. No greenhouse gases. No war for oil.”
Hannah’s been involved in the biodiesel movement for years. In 2004, she accepted the Influencer Award at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo and was honored with Willie Nelson at the Environmental Media Awards.
Born in Chicago in 1960, Hannah’s first role was in Brian De Palma’s psycho-thriller The Fury in 1978. Her career has spanned over 25 years, during which time she’s appeared in 60 feature films, including Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), Ron Howard’s Splash (1984) and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987). Today, Hannah has become a strong supporter of independent cinema. Her latest film projects include Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series, John Sayles’ Silver City and MarÃa LidÃ³n’s Yo Puta (Whore).
What inspired you to become an eco-activist?
When I was ten years old, my uncle, cinematographer Haskell Wexler, told me all about nuclear power. I was shocked, horrified and appalled. I became a vegetarian around that time. As I got older, my concerns grew about air, water and natural-resource protection. I began to see humanitarian and environmental concerns as one and the same: “Thou can’t not stir a flower without troubling a star.”