Surprise as Willie Nelson quits pot
Country star and marijuana aficionado Willie Nelson has revealed that he has stopped smoking the drug after 65 years.
Nelson told San Antonio TV station KSAT that he has stopped smoking joints for good at the age of 86.
"I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful," he said. "I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever," he said. "And that almost killed me."
"I don't smoke anymore - take better care of myself," he said.
He did however say that he vapes and uses edibles.
Nelson has long touted the benefits of smoking cannabis, even calling his memoir Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die in 2012.
"I wouldn't be alive. It saved my life, really. I wouldn't have lived 85 years if I'd have kept drinking and smoking like I was when I was 30, 40 years old. I think that weed kept me from wanting to kill people," he told Rolling Stone magazine. "It probably kept a lot of people from wanting to kill me, too - out there drunk, running around."
He co-chairs the advisory board of the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Willie's Reserve, "a premium cannabis lifestyle brand," was launched in 2016.
Numerous celebrities have told stories of smoking weed with Nelson, including Snoop Dogg, Chelsea Handler, Woody Harrelson, Jack Johnson and Owen Wilson among others.
Social media users responded to the news with shock.
The weed industry just took a major hit... and not the good kind https://t.co/15rQFTYyjA— Darbles_marbles (@DarblesM) December 4, 2019
The 1st sign of the end has appeared, Willie quit weed!— Al McDonald (@nuTTTz_) November 29, 2019
Quick somebody check and make sure Kieth Richards is still alive, and keep him off them damn coconut trees!https://t.co/LTiiIkcNd1
Dogs and cats, living together. MASS HYSTERIA.https://t.co/1xAm8iLSjV— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) December 4, 2019