Roseanne Barr Losing Her Eyesight, Touts Benefits of Marijuana

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Roseanne Barr of the hit TV sitcom Roseanne and a judge on last season's Last Comic Standing, is going blind. The 62-year-old announced at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday that "her vision is closing in."

"I have macular degeneration and glaucoma,”Barr said of the medical condition that ultimately leaves you blind. “I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible, you know? Living it up."

"My dad had it, too,” Barr explained, adding that she’ll miss reading but has thought about hiring someone to “read for me and read to me.”

Roseanne Barr has long been an advocate for legalizing marijuana. She claims she smokes it to relieve the pressure in her eyes. She is seen smoking it in her film, Roseanne for President.

"Marijuana is good for me for that because I have pressure in my eyes,” she explained. “[Marijuana is a] good medicine for a lot of things.”

“It’s expansive,” Roseanne Barr says of the drug. “It opens your mind. You’re like…Wow, you’re in awe. You look up into the stars. It makes you wonder. It doesn’t close that down.”

How sad that Roseanne Barr is going blind. That must be a desperate realization--especially for someone so young.

Are you--like Roseanne Barr--an advocate for legalizing marijuana, at least for medical use?

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.