Linda Ronstadt, who did her share of cocaine during her heyday as the leading female rock singer of the '70s, thinks marijuana and other drugs should be legalized.
"People who smoke pot are generally peaceful," she tells the Daily News. "I think it should be legal. I think all drugs should be legal, just like alcohol. You take the money out of it, and suddenly there's not going to be a big drug trade because all of a sudden the drugs will be cheap. The whole idea of the drug cartels and the violence surrounding them will be gone. We can tax it and it will be a huge tax revenue, and I think it will be easier to educate people. There will be less HIV from infected needles, less hepatitis C; all that stuff could be controlled for the better."
Speaking of her past use, she now says, "It was going on all around me. I didn't feel prudish about it. As long as you could still play, I didn't care what you did, but if it impaired your ability to play, out you go."
In a 1975 interview with Rolling Stone, Ronstadt admitted: "I had to have my nose cauterized twice. I think they shot sodium nitrate up there. I'm okay now. I don't put anything up my nose anymore, except occasionally my finger."
Known for hit songs like "You're No Good," "Blue Bayou" and "When Will I Be Loved," Ronstadt switched gears in the '80s and started performing jazz and Mexican music. Sadly, due to her current condition, she can no longer sing. "No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease," she sighs. "No matter how hard you try."
Ronstadt's autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Rock and Roll Memoir, was released in September.