Paul McCartney Trades Pot for ParenthoodBy Natalie Nuggs | The Daily Chronic February 17, 2012
Sir Paul McCartney, best known for his legendary career with The Beatles, has officially decided to stop smoking cannabis.
Although he had been smoking the plant since his career with The Beatles first launched in the 60’s, McCartney decided to give it up for good to be a more responsible parent to his 8-year-old daughter, Beatrice.
McCartney told Rolling Stone Magazine, “When you’re bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in. Enough’s enough – you just don’t seem to think it’s necessary.”
Aside from his 50-year relationship with marijuana, Paul also tried a few other drugs for short periods of time. In a 2004 magazine interview, Paul states, “I tried heroin just the once. Even then, I didn’t realize I’d taken it. I was just handed something, smoked it, then found out what it was. It didn’t do anything for me, which was lucky because I wouldn’t have fancied heading down that road.”
Paul was even put in jail for nine days in 1981 when he tried smuggling marijuana into Japan during a tour.
Although his first wife Linda (who passed away in 1998) smoked marijuana as well, Paul considers his short time in prison “nine days of turmoil.” He reportedly kept thinking, “What have I done to my family?”He also used cocaine for about a year around the time of Sgt. Pepper, but he quickly grew tired of it, using marijuana to balance out his cocaine usage.
With experiences like those, it makes perfect sense that McCartney would give up cannabis to be a more responsible parent. Hopefully, other parents out there will take note and follow Paul in his choice to moderate drugs for the sake of more responsible parenting.
Natalie Nuggs is the Entertainment, Arts & Counter-Culture Editor for The Daily Chronic.