Keith Richards Admits to Regular Marijuana Use
In a new interview with Mojo Magazine, 71-year-old Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards has admitted to using marijuana recreationally.
“I still smoke a lot, and not just cigarettes.” Richards said, showing little concern for the ramifications this admission might have on his reputation as a pillar of the rock and roll community, or sales of his upcoming solo album, Crosseyed Heart.
Apparently, Richards regularly enjoys an early morning joint, raising further questions as to how he gets anything done throughout the day.
Richards also expresses support for further decriminalization of marijuana in the Unites States, telling Mojo, “One of the most pleasant things to watch is a map of America where it goes … green … green … green [as states legalize marijuana].”
Some might see Richards’ sudden admission as getting on the marijuana bandwagon, now that fellow stars like Stevie Nicks, Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, and Kelli Clarkson have paved the way, or else a reaction to fellow aging rocker Roger Daltrey’s recent disregard for cannabis and subsequent mocking by the press, and those people obviously haven’t read Richards autobiography, where de describes walking around Oxford Street in the 1960s carrying a “slab of hash as big as a skateboard. I wouldn’t even wrap it up.”
Jokes aside, Richards is probably one of the most famous musical drug enthusiasts in the world, and a quick scan of his arrest history reveals that the same boldness that lead to walking around lugging all that hash out in the open has lead to firsthand experience with law enforcement all over the world. Starting in 1967, Richards was convicted of allowing his house in West Wittering, England, to be used for the purpose of smoking cannabis and sentenced to one year in prison, but that sentence was appealed and overturned. In 1975, Richards was caught with controlled substances in Fordyce, Arkansas, and again in 1977 while trying to enter Canada.
So it’s kind of weird that Richards goes on to tell Mojo that, when it comes to legalization, “Whether it’s a good thing in the long run, I don’t know … .” He doesn’t elaborate on this point or what his hesitancy might be, but it’s safe to say that more relaxed drug laws will certainly benefit people caught with cannabis who don’t have Richards’ prestige or wealth to help bail them out.