At the ripe age of 69, Paul McCartney has finally decided to quit smoking weed.
He says he will stop getting high because of his daughter Beatrice, who is 9 this year.
"I smoked my share," he told Rolling Stone (via NME), in what could be the understatement of the year. "When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you're lucky, at some point. Enough's enough you just don't seem to think it's necessary."
He was first introduced to cannabis by Bob Dylan in the mid 1960s, and has had several run-ins with the police ever since. In 1980 he was arrested while touring Japan with his band Wings, after customs officials found half a pound of cannabis in his luggage. He spent 10 nights in prison before being deported.
Apparantly ex-wife Heather Mills gave him an ultimatum: either pot or her. We all know how that one ended.
One rock artist who won't be quitting cannabis any time soon is Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow. In a recent article, she expressed why she thinks it should be legalized:
"It doesn't do any damage to people, except when you're prone to paranoia and schizophrenia then you've got to actually see a doctor," Angela said. "For most people it's very harmless, compared to hard liquor... I'd rather see a 16 year-old smoke a spliff than having a bottle of vodka in their hands."
Interestingly, Angela believes using cannabis has cured her asthma: "I use a vaporizer because it doesn't irritate my throat at all and it helps my asthma a lot," she said. "Since I've been using weed, I haven't had to use any of my steroid inhalers. It really relaxes the airways, opens it up."
Despite Gossow's suggestion that it doesn't damage people, UG readers should be reminded that in some cases it can contribute to smoking related illnesses.
McCartney released his new solo album "Kisses On The Bottom" this month, which features appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.