In a recent interview with Swedish magazine Expressen, Depp claimed to have stopped using most illegal drugs, but he still rated different drug highs. "Opium makes you completely relaxed. It's dangerous because it's so nice. Cocaine is a strange drug… I hated cocaine." Depp compared absinthe to marijuana, except "if you drink too much absinthe, you suddenly realize why van Gogh cut his ear off."
"Look, I have nothing to hide," said Depp In a June 2001 interview with Film Review Magazine. "I'm not a great pothead or anything like that… but weed is much, much less dangerous than alcohol."
In an interview in the October issue of GQ magazine, Johnny Depp said that he would rather his kids get their marijuana from him than from the street.
Depp's children are currently only two and four years old. However, Depp said that if they choose to try marijuana when they are older, he'd rather be their supplier, because with street pot you don't know if you're getting buds "laced with PCP."
Depp added that while on PCP, you could end up "beating yourself in the head with a tennis racket, wearing a towel, quoting Poe, or getting that hair cut."
Entertainment Tonight broadcast a story criticizing Depp's apparent pro-pot stance, and so Depp said that he would refuse to be interviewed by the show's reporters while promoting his film Once upon a time in Mexico. A spokesman for Depp told the media that Entertainment Tonight "sort of took half a quote. They ran it out of context, and it wasn't what the story was saying. He wasn't happy with them."
Depp, who also recently starred in Pirates of the Caribbean, got his start on TV's 21 Jump Street. Depp played officer Tom Hanson, who led a team of police officers who went undercover in high schools, busting pot dealers and other teen criminals.