Apparently Sir Paul McCartney’s latest marriage to Nancy Shevell has brought out his youth, but only in appearance. He may have looked younger than ever during his Grammy performance last Sunday, but the former Beatles member says he’s finally giving up a large part of his younger years: marijuana.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, McCartney reveals that Bob Dylan first introduced him to cannabis — which he says became a gateway drug to a host of others, including heroin, LSD and cocaine. He has unashamedly stuck with the weed-smoking habit since the 1960s, and was famously arrested in Japan in 1980 for possessing pot.
Now the 69-year-old music legend, who finally received his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on February 9, says it’s time to give up this part of his life — for his 8-year-old daughter Beatrice (from second wife Heather Mills).
“I smoked my share. 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 said.
I’m all for getting clean, especially with all the Hollywood overdoses in recent years, but pot is kind of tame compared to heroin, LSD and coke. I’d hardly call it a gateway drug, especially since medical use is becoming more and more prevalent.
It’s admirable he’s quitting for his daughter, but let’s be honest, he didn’t do it for Stella and she turned out pretty okay. No one likes a quitter Sir Paul.