No, Willie Nelson Is Not Giving Up Weed

“Willie does what he wants, when he wants, when it comes to smoking.”

No, Willie Nelson isn’t quitting cannabis.

During an interview with KSAT-TV, the 86-year-old musician and cannabis advocate said that he quit smoking.

“I mistreated myself since I was [little],” he said. “You know, I started smokin’ cedar bark and went from that to cigarettes to whatever. And that almost killed me,” he said.

After several media outlets interpreted the statement as Nelson announcing he’s quitting cannabis altogether, his spokeswoman, Elaine Schock, clarified via the Associated Press on Wednesday that he hasn’t given up cannabis, and that there are many different ways to consume it.

“Willie does what he wants, when he wants, when it comes to smoking,” she said.

Nelson’s cannabis brand, Willie’s Reserve, also attempted to clear up the confusion with a tweet.

“No pigs in the sky, Willie’s still getting high!!,” it said. “At 86, Willei Nelson demonstrates there’s more than one way to get high.

Earlier this month, Nelson’s son Lukas posted a since-deleted tweet saying his father has definitely not stopped consuming cannabis.

“There [are] a lot of articles going around saying me father is no longer smoking weed,” it said. “It’s almost 2020, how people ingest cannabis has changed. Between vaping, edibles, gummies, drops, etc. I think it’s safe to say Willie will never stop enjoying Mary Jane.”