Paul McCartney 'gives up cannabis for daughter Beatrice'
PAUL McCartney has given his hippy roots a shake with a pledge to give up smoking cannabis for the sake of his eight-year-old daughter Beatrice.
The former Beatle said it was finally time to give up smoking the drug due to a “sense of responsibility” in caring for his daughter.
“I smoked my share. When you’re bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you’re lucky, at some point,” he said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. “Enough’s enough – you just don’t seem to think it’s necessary.”
The 69-year-old rocker also revealed that the Fab Four had considered a reunion but had decided against it so they didn’t “spoil the idea of the Beatles”.
In the magazine interview Sir Paul admitted to smoking cannabis "a lot" and has previously declared a passion for "wacky baccy". Heather Mills, the mother of Beatrice, claimed Sir Paul smoked marijuana as often as most people drink cups of tea during the couple's divorce proceedings.
He didn’t explain why he hadn’t given up cannabis for his other four children.
Bob Dylan introduced Sir Paul to marijuana in the mid-Sixties after discovering the Beatle was a “pot virgin”. Following the introduction, Sir Paul became a prolific drug user – more so than fellow band member John Lennon – experimenting with heroin, LSD and cocaine.
Some of the Beatles hit songs were believed to have been inspired by drugs, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds perhaps being the most poignant; a song banned by the BBC because of its suggested undertones.
McCartney has been arrested several times for his use of drugs. In 1972 he was arrested in Scotland and Sweden for possessing cannabis and in 1980 he was deported from Japan after half a pound of the drug was found stashed in his luggage.