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," said the country music icon.
Country music icon, Willie Nelson, who is otherwise known to be the proudest pothead in America has reportedly given up his joint. Nelson, whose name is synonymous with lighting up, revealed in a recent interview that he stopped smoking marijuana after experiencing breathing 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," the 86-year-old told the San Antonio television station KSAT. "I don't smoke anymore — take better care of myself," added the Grammy-winning crooner.
The On the Road Again singer is known for his casual yet badass personality which is completed for his love of bandanas, braids, and of course, doobie. He has performed many songs praising the virtues of smoking pot and even has his own line of marijuana products. Teaming up with a New York-based private equity firm in September, Nelson launched Willie's Reserve — "a premium cannabis lifestyle brand" in 2016 according to the New York Times. During his performance in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday he spoke to CNN affiliate KSAT and admitted the impact smoking pot has had on his health. The 86-year-old had to postpone the end of his tour in August because of his breathing issues. However, he did resume it the following month.
Nelson has been a leading advocate for the legalization of weed, and is co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, according to a report by NBC News. "I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever," shared Nelson, adding, "And that almost killed me." Years before the legalization of weed, Nelson has been advocating the health benefits that weed has. "It's nice to watch it being accepted — knowing you were right all the time about it: that it was not a killer drug," Nelson told Rolling Stone. "It's a medicine."
He even went as far as to say that it "saved his life" during a cover interview by Rolling Stone recently. "It saved my life, really," said the icon. "It saved my life, really. I wouldn’t have lived 85 years if I’d have kept drinking and smoking like I was when I was 30, 40 years old. I think that weed kept me from wanting to kill people. And probably kept a lot of people from wanting to kill me, too — out there drunk, running around."