Paul McCartney Advocates Marijuana Decriminalization

Thursday, 25 September 1997

Paul McCartney, singer and songwriter for the legendary band The Beatles, recently advocated decriminalizing marijuana in an interview with the New Statesman Magazine.

I support [the] decriminalization [of marijuana,]" McCartney said. "People are smoking pot anyway and to make them criminal[s] is wrong." He added that it was pointless to incarcerate marijuana smokers because that experience exposes them to a legitimate criminal element.

McCartney noted that he spent nine days in a Japanese prison in 1980 after being found in possession of marijuana. He said he learned nothing from it.

When I was jailed in Japan for having pot there was no attempt at rehabilitation," he said. "They just stuck me in a box."

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