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Whoopi Goldberg accepts her Oscar for her role in Ghost at the 1991 Academy Awards. - Provided courtesy of A.M.P.A.S.

Whoopi Goldberg: I smoked pot before Oscar speech

03/24/2011 by Corinne Heller

Whoopi Goldberg says in a video recently posted online that she was stoned on marijuana as she accepted her Oscar for her role in "Ghost" back in 1991.

"I learned a great lesson - never smoke pot before there's a possibility of having to talk to a hundred million people," Goldberg, 56, says in the video, which was published on TMZ on Thursday, March 24.

"Smoking cigarettes and pot every now and then are my habits," she said. "So I thought, 'I've got to relax. ' And so I smoked this wonderful joint ... the last of my home-grown."

The 56-year-old actress and co-host of the ABC talk show "The View" had made her comments in 1992 during a voice-over recording session for the film "The Pagemaster," TMZ said. Goldberg's spokesperson had no immediate comment about the video.

As of 1996, usage, possession and cultivation of regulated amounts of marijuana for medical purposes, including conditions such as anxiety, are permitted under state law in California, where Goldberg lives.

Goldberg won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1990 movie "Ghost," which stars the late Patrick Swayze. Goldberg said that her mother called her after she collected her award and gave her speech.

"My mother called me and she said, 'You smoked, didn't you?'" Goldberg said. "I said, 'Well, yeah.' She said, 'Your eyes were just & glistening. So I got that tape, the Oscar tape, to see whether or not you could tell and you couldn't."

"I know you're not supposed to admit that you smoke pot. But I don't drink alcohol," the actress said, adding: "Just because I do doesn't mean that you should. Do as I say not as I do. I'm the adult."

Check out this official video of Whoopi Goldberg giving her acceptance speech after winning an Oscar. Do you think she looked stoned?

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