Country music legend Willie Nelson may not be here today if it weren’t for marijuana.
The crooner said in a new Rolling Stone cover interview that the drug saved his life.
Nelson appears on the May 2019 cover of the magazine in an issue dedicated to marijuana and said marijuana is something he “wouldn’t be alive without.”
Nelson admits that he smoked his first joint in 1954.
“… It saved my life, really,” Nelson said. “I wouldn’t have lived 85 years if I’d have kept drinking and smoking like I was when I was 30, 40 years old. I think that weed kept me from wanting to kill people. And probably kept a lot of people from wanting to kill me, too — out there drunk, running around.”
The 86-year old reminisced on a time he smoked at the White House decades ago.
“Chip Carter took me down into the bottom of the White House, where the bowling alley is,” Nelson says. Then they went up to the roof and smoked a joint. Nelson remembers Carter explaining the surrounding view — the Washington Monument, the string of lights on Pennsylvania Avenue. “It’s really pretty nice up there,” Nelson said.
The singer has new plans for a new studio album called “Ride Me Back Home.” The release drops June 21st.