Rocker and music legend, Paul McCartney, is known for many things, and his longtime use of marijuana is among them. While the Beatles member’s love affair with cannabis has been well-documented throughout the years — in numerous published images and a widely publicized arrest — he has recently started to sing a different tune.
“I don’t do it anymore,”
McCartney said, when asked about his cannabis use in an interview.
“Why? The truth is I don’t really want to set an example to my kids and grandkids. It’s now a parent thing.”
While McCartney freely admits his decision to forgo marijuana, he also admits to having replaced it with something many members of the medical community consider inherently more dangerous: alcohol.
“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.”
It is a controversial decision to trade one substance for the other, and it is one that has a lot of people talking. A 2015 study published in Scientific Reports found that marijuana was actually the least deadly substance when compared with alcohol, tobacco, heroin and cocaine. So much so, in fact, that alcohol, which the study deemed most deadly, was found to be 114 times more harmful than cannabis.
A March opinion piece written by a doctor and educator and printed in the New York Times detailed an increasingly common question heard by doctors and physicians. Would medical professionals prefer that their own children consume alcohol or use cannabis? While the physician behind the column said he usually tried to offer up a “neither” response, when pressed, he would ultimately concur that he would rather his own children engage in marijuana use than drink alcohol.
While McCartney’s decision to stop smoking marijuana and start drinking alcohol instead was based on what he believed was in the best interest of his family, the author of the opinion piece and many others would likely beg to differ.
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