Paul McCartney Quits Weed

Aged 69, the classic songwriter has finally decided to stop smoking cannabis. But why? Read on to find out.

Paul McCartney Quits Weed
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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.

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    GrungeHippie26
    He still smoked!?! Damn that's so badass. Oh well, its a personal decision to quit, i understand.
    Mr. Baloonhands
    Despite what many may believe, it really isn't THAT BAD. i mean stoners never really cause any trouble, all they do is eat A LOT, play video games, and trip each other out with music, movies, and trippy ass videos, idk about you, but i see no dangers here.
    rattleurhead
    AcdcTXfan wrote on 02/17/2012 - 12:52 pm / quote | He's 69 and just now quitting? I'm wondering how this guy is still alive.
    It couldn't be because... wait for it..... Pot isn't bad for you!!
    IWasMaiden93
    Why the slip in of Arch Enemy at the end of a Pauly article? Wasn't really necessary to remind people that other rock stars still smoke pot... Could have figured that one out (Hell, I think Ringo still tokes)
    MattKempton
    the govt. says pot is bad so it must be bad, right? why would they make that up?
    Pagan_Poetry
    =[ Great now this will be a day in his life. Went upstairs to have a smoke Heather Mills spoke and I had to put it out
    slaveskinJACKET
    codyjt5150 wrote: **** weed, all it did was **** up my friends badly.
    If "weed ****ed your friends up," I'd say your friends must have been pretty ****ed up in the first place, and either you didn't realize it before that or they had some dormant mental issues all along.
    HigherThanAMile
    Please don't turn this into a finger pointing thread about drugs that lead to other drugs. You make a choice, you accept the choice. You live with it, and if you feel bad about it, then don't make that choice again. You want some words to live by? Do the drug, don't let the drug do you. Or don't do the drug at all. Simple, and effective.
    vabrownsfan89
    He never specified in the article how much he smoked, just that he's kept it up over the years. There's a big difference between being high all the time to having a toke every now and again, which isn't gonna kill anyone by itself. Good for him to accept parental responsibilities though.
    Flynn Oslo
    Who cares if a bloke still smokes choof? I would have thought he gave up years ago but that shows just how well he hid it. It is none of your business what a man does in his private life- even if you are a Beatle.
    almudjk
    HAHAHA. "I'd rather see a 16 year old smoking a spliff than having a bottle of vodka in their hands"
    Soundservant
    AcdcTXfan wrote: He's 69 and just now quitting? I'm wondering how this guy is still alive.
    it's marijuana, not heroin
    Kueller917
    The only bad side I can think about weed are when idiots like to talk about it all the time like its a holy substance. Other than that it doesn't harm you and it's bad effects are way overblown by media.
    anameofsomesort
    Gabe_V&A wrote: slaveskinJACKET wrote: codyjt5150 wrote: **** weed, all it did was **** up my friends badly. If "weed ****ed your friends up," I'd say your friends must have been pretty ****ed up in the first place, and either you didn't realize it before that or they had some dormant mental issues all along. Either that, or they tried stuff like acid or cocaine after getting tired of weed. Don't classify acid with harder drugs like coke and heroin there is a night and day difference... All hallucinogens are not bad for you at all and that includes LSD, Psylocibin Mushrooms, DMT, Morning Glory, Ayahuasca, Marijuana, Peyote and so on and on and on. Stop listening to your mainstream media letting them pump bullshit in your head, you want to rip on a drug thats a killer, rip on alcohol it kills more people a year than crack, heroin, crystal meth combined and that shits legal! you wanna support your war against drugs start there.
    Such a terrible argument, obviously alcohol kills more people then drugs because guess what? Alot more people use alcohol then drugs as its sold pretty much everywhere. Cannabis (and many other drugs) probably aren't that bad for you if you take them responsibly, but - like alcohol - obviously a proportion of people become addicted which causes them to ruin their lives. From the governments perspective, legalising drugs just increases the probability of that happening so why would they run the risk? Of course they're going to discourage it. At the end of the day if someone really wants to take drugs, they're probably going to get hold of them somehow, I just can't stand it when they think they're 'fighting the system' for inhaling a plant.
    Eifler121
    Potheads aren't criminals, it should be legal, but I'm not looking forward to having that smell take over. Hate it.
    turn_the_page93
    SGofawesome wrote: Cannibal Koala wrote: slaveskinJACKET wrote: codyjt5150 wrote: **** weed, all it did was **** up my friends badly. If "weed ****ed your friends up," I'd say your friends must have been pretty ****ed up in the first place, and either you didn't realize it before that or they had some dormant mental issues all along. Either that, or they tried stuff like acid or cocaine after getting tired of weed. Exactly my problem with pot. Pot isn't bad for you, no; but it starts there and can usually give way to cocaine or acid in time. I mean, that situation definitely messed up my friends too.
    Well obviously your friends made some kind of decision along the way, so its not the weeds fault, now is it? You can't keep using marijuana as a scapegoat for your friends problems.
    andreschr
    MattKempton wrote: the govt. says pot is bad so it must be bad, right? why would they make that up?
    to make money
    HigherThanAMile
    Outside of it being about Paul McCartney, I fail to see WHY this article was submitted for consideration, and worse, what merits "green lighting" it for publication. This has nothing more to do with the guitar or music than McCartney's choice of toothpaste or shampoo. Thank you UG-TMZ. Off my soapbox.
    Cannibal Koala
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: codyjt5150 wrote: **** weed, all it did was **** up my friends badly. If "weed ****ed your friends up," I'd say your friends must have been pretty ****ed up in the first place, and either you didn't realize it before that or they had some dormant mental issues all along.
    Either that, or they tried stuff like acid or cocaine after getting tired of weed.
    Gabe_V&A
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: codyjt5150 wrote: **** weed, all it did was **** up my friends badly. If "weed ****ed your friends up," I'd say your friends must have been pretty ****ed up in the first place, and either you didn't realize it before that or they had some dormant mental issues all along. Either that, or they tried stuff like acid or cocaine after getting tired of weed. Don't classify acid with harder drugs like coke and heroin there is a night and day difference... All hallucinogens are not bad for you at all and that includes LSD, Psylocibin Mushrooms, DMT, Morning Glory, Ayahuasca, Marijuana, Peyote and so on and on and on. Stop listening to your mainstream media letting them pump bullshit in your head, you want to rip on a drug thats a killer, rip on alcohol it kills more people a year than crack, heroin, crystal meth combined and that shits legal! you wanna support your war against drugs start there.
    Gabe_V&A
    AcdcTXfan wrote: He's 69 and just now quitting? I'm wondering how this guy is still alive.
    btw, your an idiot... marijuana has killed the magic number of 0 people in its thousand upon thousand year use... if he was hacking 3 packs of cigs a day that would but puffin a couple doobs a day will only make you better than worse thats why its "MEDICINE" that's why it grows in the ground for a reason!!!! if your that stupid that you think marijuana kills people go back to bed!
    SorgFamily
    He said that becoming a parent makes you think about things and be responsible a all that? I wonder how all of his other kids feel about that statement. "Oh, I don't care abiut YOU guys THAT much."
    ISuckAtBasss69
    never actually found smoking fun usually just makes me sleepy and hungry, prefer going out drinking!
    Ultraussie
    Oh yeah, article about Paul McCartney. WHAT THE FUCK DOES ANGELA GASSOW HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT!?!??!??!!? SHE'S IN ARCH ENENEMY FOR FUCKS SAKESS!!!!! Like yeah.
    flyneye
    35 years and I still smoke. It isn't anyones business. Even Christians have to admit God gave it to us; Genesis 1:29. So like air, the government has no business making laws respecting an establishment of religion.(this is what that clause means, regardless of the cause du jours attempt to make it about God in government. )It is in basic tenets,the very first page in the bible. I wouldn't be surprised if other religions had similar writing. Now I'm not shoving God down anyones throat but human rights are usually considered God given" endowed with certain inalienable rights." blah blah.... Seems to be a cure all for many things, or at least a comfort all.A lot to be said for focusing attention on my task at hand tho.Precision inlay work goes much faster.
    SGofawesome
    Cannibal Koala wrote: slaveskinJACKET wrote: codyjt5150 wrote: **** weed, all it did was **** up my friends badly. If "weed ****ed your friends up," I'd say your friends must have been pretty ****ed up in the first place, and either you didn't realize it before that or they had some dormant mental issues all along. Either that, or they tried stuff like acid or cocaine after getting tired of weed.
    Exactly my problem with pot. Pot isn't bad for you, no; but it starts there and can usually give way to cocaine or acid in time. I mean, that situation definitely messed up my friends too.
    ErdelyW
    Drunkards are shunned by the general population, and so are potheads. Often we hear the argument: alcohol is a drug too. Well, yeah, and one drug in our life is enough to deal with.Do we need another? So, if you're smokin', do so, but don't bring up silly arguments,it will make you seem like one with brain damage, and will hurt your cause.
    AcdcTXfan
    He's 69 and just now quitting? I'm wondering how this guy is still alive.
    HaveMercyonMe
    You traitorous bastard. How dare you turn your back on the gift that Bob Dylan blessed upon your miserable life. I look at this headline and read Weed quits Paul McCartney. I hope that when you are starving on the cold, dark, and lonesome streets that you suck your last meatball up in the vacuum cleaner. Good day Sir.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Well, Beatrice is the main reason, but I'm sure some of what Heather said lingered throughout the years and made him come to this conclusion.
    DaniArrow
    i don't mind, if you got your sh*t together you might aswell some once in a while. it makes for a relaxed mood and can bring up some creativity and great songs.
    Absurder22
    SGofawesome wrote: Cannibal Koala wrote: slaveskinJACKET wrote: codyjt5150 wrote: **** weed, all it did was **** up my friends badly. If "weed ****ed your friends up," I'd say your friends must have been pretty ****ed up in the first place, and either you didn't realize it before that or they had some dormant mental issues all along. Either that, or they tried stuff like acid or cocaine after getting tired of weed. Exactly my problem with pot. Pot isn't bad for you, no; but it starts there and can usually give way to cocaine or acid in time. I mean, that situation definitely messed up my friends too.
    That's their decision. I've been smoking weed for 8 years now and the only other drug I've ever done afterwards was Magic Mushrooms, which aren't dangerous, Alcohol and Tobacco. I've been surrounde d by Coke lots of times and never caved in cos I was high or some shit. It's because I'm intelligent enough that I know what it does to people. Unfourtanetly, your friends aren't intelligent if they did it and it ****ed them over. And Acid isn't THAT bad, but it's when you go Syd Barret and do it everyday that it becomes permanent and you become schizophrenic. The only drugs mentioned in this post that can kill you as in OD, is Alcohol and Coke.
    The9
    So he only decided to quit now cos his daughter is 9? What about the other years she was growing up? This guy is a dick. Still living off the beatles name. Hurry up and die