Legendary musician and avid pot smoker Willie Nelson said that he can prove that there are no harmful side-effects to marijuana use: He hasn't suffered any.
There's a growing contingency claiming that smoking marijuana does not yield any harmful side-effects. We can debate the scientific merits of this perspective all day long, but it's an idea that Willie Nelson says is true because he's smoked pot for a long time and has yet to experience any health problems from his recreational use of the drug.
Nelson stopped by the Today show to talk about his new book, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, and wouldn't you know it, the conversation turned to his marijuana use pretty quickly. When asked by Matt Lauer about the recent legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington, Nelson said that he doesn't believe the perspective that smoking weed causes harmful side-effects because he hasn't "seen any side effects that really are harmful to me."
For those who aren't convinced, Nelson says "I'm the canary in the mine. I'm 80 years old. Check me out."
Nelson is also going to be saving himself quite a few trips to Amsterdam in light of the recent legalization measures in two states.
Here's video of Willie Nelson's Today show interview regarding marijuana use. What do you think? Will Willie Nelson live to see the day when marijuana use is legalized in all 50 states?