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I'm giving up cannabis for my little girl Beatrice, says Sir Paul McCartney

London, Thu, 16 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Feb 16 (ANI): Sir Paul McCartney, who was a drug-taking hippy at the heart of the Sixties revolution, has finally decided to call time on his past and quit smoking cannabis.


The 69-year-old musician is said to have developed a "sense of responsibility" while raising his eight-year-old daughter, Beatrice.


"I did a lot, and it was enough," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying during a magazine interview.


"I smoked my share. When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you're lucky, at some point.


"Enough's enough - you just don't seem to think it's necessary," he said.


The former member of 'The Beatles' has a self-confessed passion for marijuana.


He has also been in trouble for drugs more times than bandmate John Lennon ever was, despite Lennon's reputation as a heavy user.


McCartney was introduced to cannabis by Bob Dylan, who was stunned to learn he was a 'pot virgin' - in the mid-Sixties. After that came heroin, cocaine, LSD and a range of other psychedelics, which inspired some of the Beatles' best known songs.


His rap sheet for drugs is almost as long as his list of hits.


He was arrested for cannabis possession in Sweden and at his Scottish farm in 1972.


In 1980 he was deported from Japan after officials found half a pound of marijuana in his luggage. But he said he could not quit because cannabis was "such good stuff".


Four years later he was arrested in Barbados with first wife Linda - with whom he reportedly smoked every day - after buying some on a beach.


He seems to have temporarily quit during his second marriage to Heather Mills, who gave him an ultimatum - her or the drugs.


During their divorce, Mills claimed that the musician would use cannabis as regularly as others drink cups of tea and that he could hardly warn their daughter Beatrice about the dangers of drugs while he was nipping out for a "sneaky puff". (ANI)


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