Paul McCartney, 72, has come out with the news, now widely reported by various media sources like the New York Daily News, stating that he has given up smoking pot to set a good example for his “kids and grandkids,” adding that “It’s now a parent thing.” McCartney once stated, according to an article at the Inquisitr site, that pot helped him to think for the very first time and to write the lyrics of the songs he and John Lennon penned while they were members of the Beatles, but it now appears as if he has put those days behind him.
Sir Paul McCartney has had a long career as a musical artist and he still continues to tour and entertain his millions of fans. He has gone on record saying that the very first time he smoked pot was back in 1964, when Bob Dylan offered him a few puffs on a joint that was being passed around.
Despite Paul McCartney’s past statements about pot having made him think differently about life and aiding him in writing song lyrics, he has now developed a different perspective as he has gotten older, it appears. In his younger days, especially when he was a member of the Beatles, McCartney said that he “was just some guy around London having a ball.” Though he had kids at the time, he said about his smoking pot that he would “just try and keep it out of their faces.”
One statement that McCartney made, following his explanation about having given up smoking pot, has had people criticizing his reasoning. He said that he stopped smoking pot “a long time ago,” and that now, he will “have a glass of red wine or a nice margarita.”
That statement has had some people criticizing Paul McCartney for simply substituting one vice for another, and for seeming to suggest that drinking alcohol is somehow setting a “better example” than smoking pot. One person, for instance, Thom Paul Anger, commented in response to an article about McCartney giving up smoking pot at the UPI.com site, “Cigarettes and alcohol cause far more death and destruction than marijuana use.” He added that McCartney’s statement seemed to him to be “a bit hypocritical in my view.”
Paul McCartney continued smoking pot on a recreational basis even after he was arrested in 1980 in Japan at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport for attempting to enter the country with a half-pound of marijuana. He spent 10 nights in jail before he was eventually released, following complaints from McCartney’s legions of fans and also the efforts of his team of lawyers.
While Paul McCartney admits that he continued to smoke pot even though he had a growing family, numbering five children in all, he still feels that his giving up smoking pot now will serve as him being a “good example,” to his grandchildren. His five children are his son, James, and four daughters, Beatrice, Stella, Mary and Heather. McCartney has eight grandchildren so far. At 72, McCartney is fit, and is a vegetarian. Now, it appears as if the former Beatle has added being “weed-free” to his healthy lifestyle, explaining to the Daily Mirror that his giving up pot is to be a “good example” to his grandchildren.
Written By Douglas Cobb
UPI.com: Paul McCartney says he gave up pot
to set good example for kids and grandkids
Billboard: Paul McCartney Says He’s Given Up
Pot Now That He’s a Grandpa
Newsday: Paul McCartney says he’s given up
pot after becoming a grandfather
New York Daily News: Puff-puff, trash! Paul McCartney
quits smoking pot for his grandchildren
Inquisitr: Sir Paul McCartney Quits Drug That Got
Him ‘Thinking For The First Time’
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