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Willie Nelson Says He Stopped Smoking Pot to ‘Take Better Care’ of Himself

Willie Nelson smokes marijuana at home in Texas in the 2000s.Liaison / Hulton Archive – Getty Images
“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 country crooner said.

America’s proudest pothead has decided to hang up his joint.

Willie Nelson, the country music luminary whose name is practically synonymous with lighting up, said in a recent interview that he has stopped smoking marijuana due to 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,” Nelson, 86, told the San Antonio television station KSAT.

“I don’t smoke anymore — take better care of myself,” said the Grammy-winning crooner of “On the Road Again.”

Nelson is known for his braids, bandanas and fondness for buds. He is a prominent advocate for the legalization of weed, co-chairing the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

He is also one of a slew of celebrities behind a cannabis-themed business venture. Willie’s Reserve, “a premium cannabis lifestyle brand,” was launched in 2016 in partnership with a New York-based private equity firm.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Daniel Arkin on NBC News

Published: December 03, 2019

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