Global: Fans React With Dismay As McCartney Switches From Pot To Alcohol 'For The Kids'
By Steve Elliott
Paul McCartney presumably isn't singing "Let Me Roll It" to his grandkids after saying in an interview that he's given up marijuana "to set an example" to the youngsters.
"I don't do it anymore," McCartney, 72, said, two weeks shy of his 73rd birthday. "Why? The truth is I don't really want to set [a bad] example to my kids and grandkids. It's now a parent thing."
McCartney has been busted for weed numerous times over the years, first in Sweden in 1972, and also including a nine-day jail stay after getting caught with nearly half a pound in Japan in 1980 and again in 1984 in Barbados.
"Back then I was just some guy around London having a ball, and the kids were little so I’d just try and keep it out of their faces," McCartney said. "Instead of smoking a spliff I’ll now have a glass of red wine or a nice margarita. The last time I smoked was a long time ago."
That's a puzzling statement, since it's widely known that marijuana is safer than alcohol.
Paul was reportedly first turned on to cannabis by Bob Dylan back in 1964. He urged the UK government to legalize weed in 1997, saying "People are smoking pot anyway to make them criminals is wrong."
McCartney said marijuana got him "thinking for the first time, really thinking" and even helped with his songwriting process, reports Mike Vulpo at EOnline.