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.