Woody Harrelson Has Quit Pot

By William Georgiades 03/22/17

"I’m now extremely moderate and I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.”

Woody Harrelson

Actor Woody Harrelson recently revealed that after 30 years, he has stopped smoking pot.

In a new interview with Vulture, Harrelson said, “I am a party animal, but on the other hand, I haven’t ... I’m now extremely moderate and I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.”

The 55-year-old star first came to notice on the TV show Cheers in 1985, soon going on to feature films such as White Men Can’t Jump, Natural Born Killers, the Hunger Games, HBO’s True Detective and, most recently, the coming of age comedy, The Edge of Seventeen.

He elaborated on his reason for quitting, telling Vulture, “Just 30 solid years of just partying too fucking hard.”

While Harrelson may have given up pot, he says he doesn't judge others who choose to imbibe: “I don’t have a problem at all with smoking. I think it’s great.” He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) alongside Bill Maher, Willie Nelson and others. 

He added that temptation still exists, recalling an evening when “someone had not just good herb but sativa; really good sativa. There’s a joint, and beautifully rolled … and I just was like, I mean, I’ve gone this long. It would be weird to just be like, 'Okay, let me have a hit off that,' and then suddenly go back to smoking too much … I don’t have a problem at all with smoking. But when you’re doing it all the time, it just becomes … I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available. 

He does continue to drink, albeit carefully. “I still drink,” Harrelson asserted. “But I try to be moderate with the drinking, too.” 

Harrelson has had a long, public history with marijuana. Less than a year ago Harrelson applied to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii but that application was denied last May. 

And in 1996, Harrelson was famously arrested in Kentucky after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state’s law that failed to distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. The entire planting and arrest was captured by CNN and the charges were dismissed 25 minutes later. 

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William Georgiades is a former editor at EsquireBlack Book, the New York Post and the Grapevine and has written for several publications including New York MagazineVanity Fair, the London Times and GQ. He has been the features editor at The Fix since 2013. You can find him on Linkedin.