Dylan reportedly turned him on to weed in the Sixties

Paul McCartney has admitted he gave up smoking cannabis in order to “set an example to my kids and grandkids”.

McCartney has experienced several run-ins with the law over cannabis possession in the past, first in Sweden in 1972 and most recently in 1984 during a holiday in Barbados.

Speaking to The Liverpool Echo, McCartney explained, “I don’t do it any more.

“Why? The truth is that these days I don’t really want to set an example to my kids and grandkids. It’s now a parent thing.

“Back then I was just some guy around London having a ball, and the kids were little so I’d just try and keep it out of their faces.

“But now it’s a question of not setting a bad example. So instead of smoking a spliff, I’ll now have a glass of red wine or a nice margarita.

“The last time I smoked was a long time ago.”

McCartney, along with the rest of The Beatles, was reportedly introduced to cannabis by Bob Dylan on August 28, 1964 at the Delmonico Hotel in New York.

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