One of the most renowned marijuana smokers, Willie Nelson, has called it quits with smoking the drug.
The 86-year-old country music legend and longtime marijuana legalization advocate reveals to KSAT he is no longer smoking due to health issues.
“I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful,” says Nelson. “I don’t smoke anymore. I take better care of myself today.”
The singer has recently cancelled several shows due to “breathing problems,” and admits after years of smoking, it’s starting to take a toll on his health. “I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever, and that almost killed me,” he reveals.
Although he’s no longer smoking cannabis, Nelson’s spokeswoman Elain Schock reveals he’s still consuming the drug, telling The Associated Press there are other ways to consume it. Adding, “The said… Willie does what he wants, when he wants, when it comes to smoking.”
Despite often being the subject of death rumours, the “Highwayman” singer promises he’s still healthy and thankful to be here: “I don’t give a s**t I’m here, I’m glad to be here.”