Paul McCartney gives up dagga

2012-02-16 22:29

Los Angeles - Sir Paul McCartney has stopped smoking dagga.

The Beatles musician has smoked the herbal drug since the band's hey day in the 60s, but has given up marijuana so he can be a better parent to his eight-year-old daughter, Beatrice, his child with ex-wife Heather Mills.

He told Rolling Stone magazine: "I did a lot, and it was enough. I smoked my share.

"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."

Heroin and cocaine

Paul - who is now married to American heiress Nancy Shevell - has previously confessed to using cocaine and trying heroin once when he was in The Beatles.

Speaking about his experiences with the drugs in a magazine interview in 2004, he said: "I tried heroin just the once. Even then, I didn't realise 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.

"I did cocaine for about a year around the time of Sgt. Pepper...

"Coke and maybe some grass to balance it out. I was never completely crazy with cocaine."


"I'd been introduced to it and at first it seemed OK, like anything that's new and stimulating. When you start working your way through it, you start thinking, 'Mmm, this is not so cool an idea,' especially when you start getting those terrible comedowns."

Paul and his first wife Linda - who passed away in 1998 - both used to smoke dagga, but he was given a wake up call when he was put in prison for nine days in 1981, for trying to take the drug into Japan during a tour.

Of his ordeal, he said: "I kept thinking, 'What have I done to my family?' I was thrown into nine days of turmoil. It was very, very scary."


  • mastersvoice - 2012-02-17 00:26

    What is this old man talking about? Is he saying he is a bad parent, and that he believes dagga is the cause? Perhaps it has finally burnt out his last little brain cell, and turned him into a complete fool.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-17 07:29

      As opposed to the complete tool he has always been? :-)

      Buzz - 2012-02-17 08:36

      LoL. Dagga doesn't damage braincells. I don't think he's saying that he's a bad parent, just that he's priorities are shifting or growing in certain respects. While others are becoming less relevant.

  • Victor - 2012-02-17 07:43

    Still doing drugs at his age , one would think that he would know better or at least grown up.

      Buzz - 2012-02-17 08:33

      Would you call people who drink or smoke drug users? They most definitely are and dagga is significantly safer than both, so what's the problem with people getting there toke on, irespective of their age?

  • Buzz - 2012-02-17 08:29

    Living testament that you can use dagga for decades with no ill effects. Can understand that he's grown off of it due to other aspects of his life, but am glad to see that he hasn't had anything negative to say about using it. Clearly not a demon weed. So much for dagga turning people into losers...hahaha.

      Charmaine - 2012-02-17 21:31

      True LOL

  • Charmaine - 2012-02-17 21:30

    I love the Beatles and their music. but, all these high and mighty wirh their titles have excuses for everything. I wonder what excuses they will present to God on the final. day of reckoning!

  • irene.hutchins.1 - 2012-07-29 18:58

    He is supposed to be vegatarian, after all !! Now giving up dagga, what is he going to eat? The dagga cookies are a no-no now, will he have bacon and eggs for brekkie ?? Silly old man...

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