Well here’s some news no one saw coming. After a good 65-year stint with his good friend Mary Jane, country music’s face of weed, Willie Nelson, our pony-tailed cannabis ambassador, has called it quits from spliffs and moved onto less harmful methods of use.
In a recent interview with US-based T.V station KSAT, Nelson cited poor respiratory health as the main reason he decided to stop smoking weed.
“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 Nelson of his conscious decision to stub the roach for good.
Don’t stress though, he is definitely still using, just in other forms. Nelson went on to say that in order to finally allow his lungs some reprieve, he has converted to the use of edibles and the occasional vape. Some relief at least, coming from the man, who titled his memoir Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.
Breath easy, Willie is still all about a nice little session, and remains an advocate of the herb, as he told Rolling Stone Magazine in an interview last year, “[weed] saved my life, really. I wouldn’t have lived 85 years if I’d kept drinking and smoking like I was when I was 30, 40 years old.”