The legendary Willie Nelson, who is turning 90 in April, says cannabis is partially to 'blame' for having lived to such a ripe old age.
In the exclusive interview, Nelson told E! News' Francesca Amiker that he can thank marijuana for saving his life.
"Well, it not only saved my life, it probably saved some other people's lives," he said, "because before I smoked marijuana, I was drinking a lot. And I might have killed a lot of people, too. So I'm just glad that that didn't happen. I'm glad we live through all of the bad times."
The 10-time Grammy winner is now living "one day at a time" as he prepares to headline a two-day concert in Los Angeles to mark his milestone birthday.
Celebrities like Chris Stapleton, The Chicks, Sheryl Crow and Snoop Dogg will join him at "Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90," concerts scheduled for April 29 and 30 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Nelson has been a long-time friend of Snoop Dogg, who likes to put a fully-rolled joint into a microwave for 11 seconds, which he says helps to "trap all the ingredients."
"Oh, we had so much fun trying to out-smoke the other one," Nelson said, reminiscing about one of their hangouts in Amsterdam.
In addition to being our generation's king of all things weed and country music, Nelson has been visited by Cher and Kelly Clarkson on his famous tour bus.
In an appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Cher talked about her visit to Nelson's bus and the pungent smell of weed.
"Oh my God, I've been on Willie Nelson's bus!" Cher said. "It smells exactly like marijuana, It was a terrible old bus, but he was great. And just drugs — everywhere," she added.
Clarkson explained, "it was like as if you go into a store, like some old school Airstream in L.A. (…) where they're selling. It was like, it was everything you kind of wanted it to be when you walked in, but then when you walked out, you were definitely hungry."
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