At 71, Keith Richards Still Enjoys An ‘Early Morning Joint’

keith-richards-still-smokes-joints INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JUL 04: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Keith Richards
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When you’re a rock star known for drugs, drinking and women, smoking a joint a day is like eating healthy and working out five days a week for the rest of us.

On a recent press tour for his upcoming album, Crosseyed Heart, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards told Mojo magazine: “I smoke regularly, an early morning joint. Strictly Californian,” a ritual he’s been partaking in much before it was a thing, no doubt.

“One of the most pleasant things to watch is a map of America where it goes, green… green… green. Whether it’s a good thing in the long run, I don’t know,” he said, in a cover story titled “Keef.”

Richards has spoken candidly of his relationship with drugs in the past, telling Men’s Journal in 2013 that he believed substance abuse had not harmed his health. After decades of heroin use, more than a few arrests (his fifth was in 1978), and finally falling out of a tree while high on cocaine and suffering a severe head injury that required surgery, the rock legend decided to quit using hard drugs and just stick with the green stuff.

Speaking candidly, he told the magazine, “It’s like Churchill said about alcohol, ‘Believe me – I’ve taken a lot more out of alcohol than it’s ever taken out of me!’ And I kind of feel the same way about the dope and stuff. I got something out of it.”

(Via the Independent)

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