Brian Cox has been removed as patron of Mid-Lin Daycare Centre after advocating the use of marijuana
A charity has dropped a Hollywood actor as its patron after he admitted using cannabis.
Golden Globe winning actor Brian Cox said in a recent interview that the drug is “wonderful” and recommended that others use it.
However his comments didn’t go down well with Mid-Lin Daycare Centre, a facility for the elderly in Dundee where Cox served as patron.
The charity’s chairwoman Joyce McIntosh said she couldn’t support the actor’s comments.
“Dundee is drug-ridden we just can’t support Brian’s views on cannabis,” she told the Courier.
“We are shocked and disappointed. I couldn’t actually believe it when I read the papers – he has a CBE and all these awards and honorary positions, and next thing, we’re seeing that he’s telling people to get stoned.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous and it’s setting a bad example for young people.”
The Deadwood and Churchill actor said he wished the charity all the best going forward.
Cox said: “I am sorry to hear that Mid-Lin Day Care Centre were shocked and disappointed by my comments regarding marijuana, which were actually made in good humour.
“To clarify, I am a firm believer in the medicinal benefits of marijuana and have partaken in its use in places where it is legal to do so.
“I wish Mid-Lin the best in all their future endeavours.”