Paul McCartney

Pual McCartney
Psychedelic vision of Paul McCartney - one the two remaining living Beatles

Paul McCartney is the Beatle most associated with marijuana. He's been arrested four times for pot and spent 10 days in a Japanese jail in 1980 for possessing a half-pound.

"Got to Get You Into My Life" (listen below), McCartney has said, is about marijuana. So is the Wings tune, "Let Me Roll It" (watch below).

McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. He met John Lennon in 1957. They formed the Beatles three years later.

The Beatles had phenomenal success in the '60s. They released 13 albums from 1963-1970. All went to No. 1 or No. 2. In addition, the Fab Four had 19 No. 1 singles in th U.S.

The Beatles broke up in 1970. This ushered in McCartney's solo career in the '70s with his band Wings. He's charted another seven No. 1 albums since then, including McCartney and Band on the Run. McCartney III was released in December 2020.

McCartney has smoked cannabis off and on throughout his lfe. While married to Linda Eastman, it was a constant. But during later marriages to Heather Mills and his current wife Nancy Shevell, he's down-played his use. 

In an interview for High Times in 1990, McCartney said this to me about marijuana:

"I favor the decriminalzation of it. I think you've got too many people who get into it innocently and become criminals. The minute you're caught and the minute you're in the slammer you learn worse tricks. It's a very difficult issue. What happens is the argument comes up:

"People will say Scotch and stuff is legal and pot isn't. I think at that point there probably is a good argument for decriminalization."


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.