NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: (L-R) Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta, Blake Lively and Director Oliver Stone attend the 'Savages' New York premiere at SVA Theater on June 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - Oliver Stone has smoked great marijuana all over the world, from Vietnam and Thailand to Jamaica and South Sudan. But the filmmaker says the best weed is made in the USA and that pot could be a huge growth industry for taxpayers if it were legalized.
Stone, whose drug-war thriller "Savages" opens Friday, has been a regular toker since his days as an infantryman in Vietnam in the late 1960s and knows a good herb when he inhales one. He insisted in a recent interview that no one is producing better stuff now than U.S. growers.
"There's good weed everywhere in the world, but my God, these Americans are brilliant," said Stone, 65, who sees only benefits from legalizing marijuana. "It can be done. It can be done legally, safely, healthy, and it can be taxed."
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