- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Woody Harrelson, one of Hollywood’s most well-known marijuana defenders, says he’s retired from weed after “30 solid years.”

The “Cheers” actor revealed in an interview with Vulture published Monday that he put his pot-smoking days in the past last year after three decades of routine use.

Speaking on the topic of misconceptions, the two-time Academy Award nominee said he’s more tame than made out to be.

“They think I’m a party animal. I am a party animal. I mean, that might be one thing. But on the other hand, I’m now extremely moderate and I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago,” said Mr. Harrelson, 55.

The actor’s decision to call it quits followed “30 solid years of just partying too [expletive] hard,” he told the magazine.

“I don’t have a problem at all with smoking. I think it’s great. I think it’s a great drug,” the actor added.

“I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available,” explained Mr. Harrelson, one of Hollywood’s most public advocates for marijuana legalization during the last couple decades.

In 1996, Mr. Harrelson was arrested for planting hemp seeds in Kentucky in violation of state law. Three years later he narrated “Grass,” a Canadian-produced documentary concerning the U.S. government’s prohibition on pot.

Mr. Harrelson joined the advisor board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, NORML, in 2003, and is currently listed on the group’s website.

“For years Woody Harrelson has been a leading voice for the ecological and economic benefits of using hemp as both food and fiber, and as an advocate for stopping the arrest of marijuana smokers,” NORML’s former director said following his addition to the advisory board.

Mr. Harrelson unsuccessfully tried in 2016 to open one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii.

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