While Fran Drescher is best known for her leading role in the 1990s television sitcom “The Nanny,” she’s been an accomplished actress in television and film since the 1970s. As “The Nanny,” Drescher’s lovably-unique voice and sharp wit made her a fan favorite almost overnight, and she went on to win two Emmy’s and Golden Globes for her work on the show. Dresher’s NYC attitude combined with a sense of grace and over-the-top Queens style seemed not too far removed from her own persona, and that resonated with Americans of all backgrounds. Once her role as “The Nanny” came to an end, Drescher moved outside of TV and film, working with the Oregon State Department as a diplomatic envoy, and as an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights and women’s health issues. As of this past summer, she’s become an outspoken advocate for Cannabis.
On August 28th, Drescher delivered the plenary address at the Cannabis Science Conference in Portland. While she may seem like an unlikely candidate for the Cannabis industry, Drescher’s story makes perfect sense. In the speech (which can be viewed online) Fran talks about her own battle with uterine cancer, about changing the way we think about health care and about the good she’s seen from Cannabis in her own life.
DESCRIBING HOW CANNABIS HELPED SAVE HER FATHER, DRESCHER SAID “HIS WHOLE FACE BECAME ANIMATED. HIS VOICE BECAME STRONG. HIS EYES OPENED UP, AND MY DAD WAS BACK TO BEING HIMSELF.”
Drescher was interviewed by Forbes during the conference, telling the interviewer that “there’s so much that we don’t know, and that’s true with Cannabis,” and, about how her father has started to consume Cannabis for a neurological disorder. “He went from having that expressionless look that Parkinson’s patients often get where it’s kind of a dull life, to a positive reaction within seconds upon using Cannabis,” she said. “His whole face became animated. His voice became strong. His eyes opened up, and my dad was back to being himself.”
In the interview, Drescher also seemed to endorse sustainable and healthy growing practices in Cannabis by saying, “I would encourage, support, put my name and face to a product or even just as a consumer on the ones that are being grown, you know, the old school way of organic in, in good, healthy, rich soil…the old fashioned way,” she described. “That’s going to be a happy plant.”
I’ve got to admit, I was pretty surprised to see Fran Drescher’s face on a billboard for a Cannabis Conference, as she’s not a celebrity I’d associate with our favorite herb.
But that’s what makes mainstreaming of Cannabis such an interesting thing to watch happen, as we get closer and closer to full national legalization, voices like that come out of nowhere, like Drescher’s, will undoubtedly turn the tide on the opinion of our favorite plant.