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.
The legendary singer/songwriter/bassist and former Beatle told The Mirror that he gave up pot "a long time ago," reports New Musical Express.
"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.