America’s favorite pothead has shocked the media by retiring his iron lungs. Willie Nelson, the famous country star whose name means lighting up, announced his pot retirement. In a recent interview, Willie has confirmed the rumors that he has stopped smoking cannabis due to breathing issues.

Willie told the press, “I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days, and I have to be careful.” Now 86, Nelson explained, “I don’t smoke anymore — take better care of myself,” said the Grammy-winning crooner of “On the Road Again.”

Known for his long braids, bandanas, and love for marijuana, Nelson has been a public supporter in the fight to legalize weed, co-chairing the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Like many celebrities, Willie’s Reserve, “a premium cannabis lifestyle brand,” was launched in 2016 in partnership with a New York-based private equity firm.

Despite his recent retirement from the plant, Willie still thanks and credits marijuana for its medical benefits.He believes he is still alive today due to the years he smoked marijuana.

“I wouldn’t be alive. It saved my life, really. 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,” Nelson explained to the magazine, adding that it “probably kept a lot of people from wanting to kill me, too — out there drunk, running around.”

At the end of the interview, Nelson, who has in the past been hospitalized for pneumonia and emphysema over the years, fired back, saying, “I don’t give a [expletive]. I’m here; I’m glad to be here.”

 

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