Willie Nelson has never been shy about his love of marijuana. But in a recent interview with Rolling Stone for the magazine's weed issue, the country legend shares how the drug actually saved his life.
Nelson said cannabis helped him calm down and is the reason he's alive today.
"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," Nelson said. "I think that weed kept me from wanting to kill people. And probably kept a lot of people from wanting to kill me, too -- out there drunk, running around."
Nelson said weed helped him quit smoking cigarettes and drinking excessively.
"I haven't smoked a cigarette since. I haven't drank that much either, because one will make me want the other -- I smoke a cigarette, I wanna drink a whiskey. Drink a whiskey, want a cigarette. That's me. I can't speak for nobody else," Nelson told Rolling Stone.
The Red Headed Stranger also shared his thoughts on drug laws and people who are serving time in prison for possession of marijuana.
"A lot of it is because people get in there who don't even have the bail money to get out," he says. "Let those guys out and start working and paying taxes."
The country icon recently introduced Willie's Remedy, a line of CBD-inflused coffee. The coffee is part of Nelson's cannabis brand, Willie's Reserve.
Nelson's new album Ride Me Back Home will be released on June 21. The album's title track, written by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Sonny Throckmorton, his daughter Debby, Joe Manual and Lucinda Hinto, was inspired by the horses Nelson has rescued over the years.
The singer will kick off his 2019 Outlaw Music Festival Tour, featuring Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, Colter Wall and more, on June 14.