Arnold Schwarzenegger Told Son To Skip Pot, Get High On Life

By Kelly Burch 04/25/19

Arnold's son Patrick took to Instagram to reveal a conversation with his dad that led him to stop smoking marijuana.

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Movie star and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger terminated his son’s pot habit with some well-timed fatherly advice. 

Four years ago Arnold Schwarzenegger told his son Patrick, now 25, to skip the weed and get "high on life" after Patrick showed up to Easter brunch stoned. 

Patrick shared the story on Instagram this weekend, which fell on both Easter and 4/20. 

“FUN STORY: Few years ago (4 exactly) showed up lil high to Easter brunch... classic. My old man asked why... said 'I dunno makes thing more fun.'"

Arnold wasn’t convinced and told his son he shouldn’t need drugs to appreciate life.  

“He replied how much more fun do you need to have, life is so good. I’m high on life. I never want anything that would take me out of my current life. Being high on life is better then [sic] anything else,” Patrick recalled in his Instagram post

The off-handed conversation had a lasting effect on Patrick, who is following in his dad’s footsteps and working as an actor and model. 

“Haven’t smoked since then… just HIGH ON LIFE NOW,” he wrote. “Happy & healthy & can’t thank god enough to see another day!” he wrote alongside a smiling selfie of him flashing a peace sign. “Happy 4/20 sorry if that was a buzz kill lol.”

Schwarzenegger was serious about smoking pot when it came to his family, but as governor of California was relatively pot-friendly.

When he was governor he downgraded the penalty for possessing pot, long before recreational cannabis use became legal in the state. However, at the time he wasn’t ready to speak out in favor of legalization. 

"Well, I think it's not time for that, but I think it's time for a debate,” he said in 2009, according to the Guardian. “I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues [are worth considering]… I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs. What effect did it have on those countries?"

During Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilder years he appeared in a documentary taking a hit of marijuana. 

He also joked about sharing a joint with Obama back in the 1970s, something that never actually happened. However, Schwarzenegger made an elaborate sketch about how the then-president wouldn’t share. 

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