Woody Harrelson is one of the all time legendary Hollywood stoners. He narrated Grass, a 1999 cult documentary about the government’s war on marijuana. He’s openly contemplated the idea of opening a high end marijuana restaurant in Denver. In 1996 he went on a crusade about hemp seeds in Kentucky.
But Harrelson says he’s done with his stonerish ways. In an interview with Vulture, he said he stopped toking up “almost a year ago”
What’s a misconception that people have about you?
[Another long pause.] They think I’m a party animal, which … I am a party animal. I mean, that might be one thing. But I am a party animal. But on the other hand, I haven’t … I’m now extremely moderate and … I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.
Mazel tov. That’s not easy. I’m also in the process of trying to quit.
Yeah, I had a problem with it.
Why? Just too much?
It messes with my head and makes me less productive.
Yeah, that was a little bit of my issue. Just 30 solid years of just partying too fucking hard.
And he has a tale about how he’s exercising self-restraint when it comes to smoking up:
What do you do to keep from relapsing?
Well, like, last night, someone had — not just good herb but sativa; really good sativa. There’s a joint, and beautifully rolled. I like a beautifully rolled … and I just was like, I mean, I’ve gone this long. It would be weird to just be like, “Okay, let me have a hit off that,” and then suddenly go back to smoking too much, which is … I don’t have a problem at all with smoking. I think it’s great. I think it’s a great drug, in terms of … Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria. Or the … what do you call it?
Go read the full interview over at Vulture… This sketch will always be one of the all-time great Harrelson SNL moments: