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69-year-old Paul McCartney gives up cannabis for 8-year-old daughter

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Sir Paul McCartney, the almost-septuagenarian who sounds as smooth as ever, told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview that, after only sixty-nine years of smoking reefer, he's finished being a pothead, due to a "sense of responsibility" he feels in rearing his eight-year-old daughter Beatrice.

In a clear understatement, McCartney said:

"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."

It's an admirable move by the former Beatle, because he liked smoking cannabis "a lot." He didn't give up the habit for his four other children though, and one can guess that Beatrice's mother, McCartney's second wife, Heather Mills, may have had something to do with the decision. Mills claimed during the couple's divorce proceedings that McCartney smoked ganja as often as most people drink tea.

If she hasn't already, Beatrice will likely one day poke around the internet and learn that her old man was introduced to the drug by Bob Dylan back in the mid-sixties (so you can argue that Dylan influenced Sgt. Pepper's in an oblique way), and that his dope resume includes various possession busts in the likes of Sweden, Scotland, and Barbados. And then there was that deportation from Japan in 1980 after it turned out that a half-pound of marijuana somehow wound up in his luggage. (Some of that had to be for George, and definitely for Ringo.)

The bottom line is, it's big of McCartney to do this for his daughter because, after all, not exactly being a pauper, he had to be smoking the government stuff, or whatever. And who did he think he was anyway, Robert Altman?