Paul McCartney Gives Up On Pot

By Valerie Tejeda 02/16/12

Introduced to marijuana by Bob Dylan in the '60s, Sir Paul is finally quitting for the sake of his young daughter.

An avid pot-smoker for 40 years, McCartney's
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Sir Paul McCartney is finally giving up marijuana for the sake of his 8-year-old daughter, Beatrice. The 69-year-old former Beatle tells Rolling Stone magazine that he finds caring for his daughter more important than smoking dope. “I did a lot, and it was enough... When you’re bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you’re lucky, at some point,” he says. “Enough’s enough—you just don’t seem to think it’s necessary.” The 69-year-old was first introduced to marijuana in the mid-sixties by fellow songster Bob Dylan. From there, McCartney experimented with cocaine, heroin and LSD which is rumored to have inspired many of the Beatles hit songs. McCartney’s love for pot has also gotten him into some trouble with the law. Back in 1972, he was busted for possession in Scotland and in Sweden. Then in 1980, officials in Japan found marijuana in his luggage and McCartney was deported. Four years later, he was arrested again, along with his first wife Linda, after buying some pot at a beach in Barbados. Sir Paul’s ex-wife Heather Mills, the mother of Beatrice, claims the star “smoked marijuana as often as most people drink cups of tea” during the couple's divorce trials.

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