Why Woody Harrelson Doesn't Smoke Pot Anymore

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Woody Harrelson has never been shy about his interest in smoking marijuana. For years, Harrelson has been an outspoken advocate for adjusting legislation to expand marijuana legality. He even has a position on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. But now the former Cheers star has surprised some people with the recent announcement that he has put his party hearty past behind him:

I'm now extremely moderate. I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.

The statement comes from a Vulture interview Woody Harrelson did as part of the promotional tour for his new movie, Wilson. In the interview, Harrelson reported that he believes people have a misconception about him and think of him as a party animal. Although Harrelson admits to having been a life-of-the-party kind of guy in the past, he feels like he has tamed the party animal inside. Harrelson explained that he regularly smoked pot for three decades, and he indicated that part of his decision to quit came from a desire to be productive. It makes sense. After all, the man is super busy these days with big name blockbusters like the Now You See Me films--which may have a third installment--and now his schedule is undoubtedly packed even tighter since he joined the Star Wars franchise with a part in the cast of the upcoming Han Solo spinoff film.

However, Woody Harrelson revealed that the broader reason for not smoking pot was a desire to become more emotionally available. Harrelson intimated that it is not always easy for him to avoid pot in social situations, but he does not want to smoke it casually because he worries it could cause him to relapse and return to smoking pot regularly.

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.

Woody Harrelson made sure to emphasize that he does not have a problem with other people smoking pot. Why would he? And as for other vices, the actor says he still drinks alcohol in moderation. It's important when people recognize what is a vice for them specifically and then are able to change it and charge forward in a better, healthier direction. If not smoking pot or not drinking alcohol or not overindulging in chocolate or social media or whatever can help people become the best version of themselves, then it sounds like a good direction to us. Be happy and healthy!