Hell Freezes Over as Willie Nelson Announces He's Quit Smoking Weed


It just might be the end of an era for Willie Nelson.

According to KSAT-TV, the legendary country musician and infamous pothead has officially decided it is high time he quit smoking marijuana.

Decades of smoking have taken a substantial toll on the 86-year-old Nelson’s respiratory health, the outlet reported.

As a result, Nelson has said he has officially kicked his smoking habit entirely.

“I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past,” Nelson told KSAT-TV, “so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful.”

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“I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever, and that almost killed me,” he continued.

“I don’t smoke anymore — take better care of myself,” he added.

Now, this is obviously a major development from the man whose pot-smoking prowess has become infamous over the years.

From “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” to “It’s All Going to Pot,” Nelson is arguably rivaled only by rapper Snoop Dogg when it comes to chart-topping, marijuana-related hits.

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According to the New York Post’s Page Six, his weed consumption is so famous, in fact, that it has influenced at least one other country artist.

Toby Keith was reportedly so taken aback by the strength of Nelson’s “personal stash” of the drug that it inspired him to write his well-known musical farce “I’ll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again,” the Post reported.

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Of course, this development does not necessarily indicate that Nelson’s close personal relationship with cannabis is on the outs, however.

Nelson may be done smoking, but it is hard to believe a man who downright claimed to Rolling Stone earlier this year that marijuana “saved my life” is ready to part ways with the other potential methods of cannabis intake — especially considering how heavily invested the country artist is in America’s fledgling recreational marijuana industry.

According to Forbes, Nelson’s recently established marijuana brand, Willie’s Reserve, had already risen to staggering heights by early 2018, having raised nearly $30 million in capital.

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Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosted the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.