Brian Cox ditched as patron after Scottish film star admits smoking cannabis
The chairwoman of the Mid-Lin Daycare Centre in Dundee said her facility could no longer be associated with the 73-year-old due to his drug misuse.
A day centre for the elderly has ditched Hollywood star Brian Cox as its patron after he admitted smoking cannabis.
Joyce McIntosh, chairwoman of the Mid-Lin Daycare Centre, in Dundee , said she was “shocked” and “disappointed” by the revelation.
Cox, 73, originally from Dundee, said he first took the drug at 50 and described it as “wonderful”, adding: “I recommend it to everyone – get stoned.” His views have been slammed by Scottish drugs misuse campaigners.
Joyce said in light of Dundee’s well-documented drug problems, the centre could no longer be associated with the actor.
She added: “Dundee is drug-ridden we just can’t support Brian’s views on cannabis .
“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.
Cox, an Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner, has been a patron of the Broughty Ferry-based charity for four years.
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.”