James Garner

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Garner as Bret Maverick

James Garner (1928–2014) was an American actor. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama series The Rockford Files.

  • He wrote in his 2011 memoir, The Garner Files: "I started smoking marijuana in my late teens. I drank to get drunk but ultimately didn’t like the effect. Not so with grass. Grass is smooth. It had the opposite effect from alcohol: it made me more tolerant and forgiving."[1]
  • Garner also wrote: "I smoked marijuana for 50 years. I don’t know where I’d be without it. It opened my mind to a lot of things, and now it’s active ingredient, THC, relaxes me and eases my arthritis pain. I’ve concluded that marijuana should be legal and alcohol should be illegal. But, good luck with that."[1][2]

Additional Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 RIP James Garner, Actor and Brother-in-Bud (July 21, 2014), High Times
  2. James Garner in 2011: 'Marijuana Should Be Legal' by Steve Bloom (July 20, 2014), CelebStoner.com