SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Willie Nelson may have given up smoking, but he hasn’t stopped using marijuana.
While in San Antonio last week for two performances, the 86-year-old country music legend told KSAT TV that in an effort to take better care of himself, he no longer smokes.
Nelson, a longtime marijuana advocate, said he â€œstarted smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever.â€
Nelson, who owns a company that sells marijuana products, says: â€œI 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.â€
His spokeswoman, Elaine Shock, told The Associated Press in an email Wednesday that Nelson hasn’t given up cannabis, and she points out there are different ways to consume it.
â€œThat said,” she said â€œWillie does what he wants, when he wants, when it comes to smoking.”
One thing though Nelson won’t be giving up is touring.
â€œI love the bus,” he said. â€œThis is my home.”