Marijuana: "Weeds" Actress Mary Louise Parker Wins Golden Globe, Says "Legalize It" 1/20/06

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Actress Mary Louise Parker, who plays suburban pot-dealing mom Nancy Botwin in the Showtime TV series "Weeds," beat out a quartet of Desperate Housewives to win best comedy actress at Monday night's nationally-televised Golden Globe awards, and she used the occasion to call on the US government to legalize marijuana.

The series, now in its second season, stars Parker as a divorced housewife who turns to the weed in order to pay her bills, and is only the latest small screen show to turn a kind eye toward the kind bud -- much to the outrage of moralists. For a few years, marijuana was either not portrayed on TV or portrayed only as a dangerous drug, but since the advent of "That '70s Show," whose lead characters spend much time smoking and laughing in the basement," the weed has made a TV comeback.

But being accepted by television audiences is only the beginning for the herb, Parker said in comments reported by the British entertainment web site ContactMusic.com. "I'm really in favor of legalizing marijuana," Parker said after winning the award. "I don't think it's that controversial. "I thought people would be more offended by this than they are. I'm surprised they weren't."

In something of a surprise, Parker beat out Desperate Housewives stars Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria to win the award. "I thought Felicity would win. I think we're all desperate housewives. My character is just a little bit more desperate than theirs."

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