Newsbrief: Actor Larry Hagman of "JR" Fame Speaks Out Against Prohibition in Autobiography 6/21/02

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Larry Hagman, who played "JR" on "Dallas" and starred in "I Dream of Jeannie," has written an autobiography titled "Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life." In his autobiography, Hagman details his experiences with his father, alcohol and mind-expanding drugs.

Hagman, now 70, had a liver transplant in 1995 due to alcohol damage. Though he regrets his heavy drinking, Hagman is not critical of the illicit drugs that he used, including marijuana, LSD and peyote. He questions the reasoning behind the prohibition of marijuana. Speaking to the San Jose Mercury News, he said, "Why that stuff should be illegal is beyond me. It's so benign compared to alcohol. When you come right down to it, alcohol destroys your body and makes you do violent things. With grass you sit back and enjoy life," says Hagman.

Hagman also praises LSD, which he first took with singer David Crosby. "You lose your ego," he says. "It led me into having no fear of death, because you've been there, done that, and it ain't so bad. Matter of fact, it's wonderful." Hagman no longer uses any drugs, as part of a twelve-step alcohol recovery program.

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