Actor Gael Garcia Bernal attends the Los Angeles Film Festival Line-up announcement breakfast at the Palomar Hotel on May 5, 2009 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gael Garcia Bernal (Getty Images)more pics » Bernal with pal and occasional co-star Diego Luna.
The Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal
says the drug trade causes the majority of problems in his home country, and he believes crime would fall if they were decriminalized. The Motorcycle Diaries
star said: "Drugs are illegal -- therefore, there's a fight. I hope drugs become legalized in Mexico. If drugs were legal, there would be nothing to fight about."
Gael is not the only actor to call for drugs to be legalized. Earlier this year, Rhys Ifans
admitted he considers marijuana a "beneficial herb" and is adamant it should be freely available. The Welsh actor, who is currently filming Mr. Nice
, a biopic of notorious cannabis smuggler Howard Marks, said: A lot of people like dope in Wales and Howard is its champion. The reason why he sold it is because he thinks, and I agree, that it's a beneficial herb.
I feel marijuana should be legalized. Not so that people get high all over the place, but so it can be controlled. Drugs have been legal longer than they have been illegal, and it's just hypocrisy to be able to sell alcohol to children while marijuana is illegal.
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