Pro-weed Ex-Pantera singer says life-threatening experience shows users must take responsibly for their actions, and warns: Pot’s not for everyone

Phil Anselmo

Scary thought: Phil Anselmo

Phil Anselmo is a staunch supporter of legalising cannabis – but he warns pot’s not for everyone, and those who partake need to take responsibility for their actions.

And the  former Pantera frontman says a life-threatening moment from his teenage years illustrates his point.

He tells MetalSucks: “I’m all for legalising, but it’s up to individuals to decide whether it’s for them or not. If it fucks with a person’s ability to do their job or hold them back in the fight to become a better person, they need the common-sense to know weed isn’t for them

“I’ll never forget a time when I was fifteen years old – my friend and I were both high and he was driving, cruising at about 50mph.

“There was a red light directly ahead with cars stopped four-deep. He was baked; his mind was drifting and there was no way in hell he was going to stop. I grabbed him and shook him, he slammed on the brakes, and it’s amazing we didn’t drive straight into the cars in front or fly through the windshield.

“All I could think was, ‘What if I hadn’t been in the car with him?’ A scary thought.”

Anselmo says he uses cannabis for both artistic and medical reasons, but there have been times in his life where it was bad for him and he had to accept that. And he urges users to ensure the drug doesn’t become a negative influence on their lives.

He says: “Weed is not for everyone. In my mid-twenties it could make me paranoid, uncomfortable in my own skin, so I didn’t partake as often. Today it treats me just fine.

“In truth, it helps my job – call it strange, but I can hear music better after I’ve smoked. Detail I wouldn’t have noticed jumps to my attention. It also helps with one of the side-effects I suffer after my back surgery. When I smoke, the muscles surrounding the compromised joints and nerve endings relax. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I doubt it. I know pain very very well.

“But if it fucks with a person’s ability to do their job, or it’s holding them back in the fight to be a better person, hopefully that person will have the common-sense to know weed isn’t for them.

“Being a non-productive person and a pot-head is no way to get life done. We are responsible for every action we put in motion through our lives.

“So if you do smoke, get something positive done instead of laying around waiting for the pizza guy to show up.”

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