During a podcast episode of “River Cafe Table 4,” former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney hilariously shared that he has to hide his hemp plants from young robbers who might mistake his CBD-rich crop for THC-rich marijuana.
The episode originally aired on October 4th during which McCartney also shared stories about the types of crops he grows on his property located in Peasmarsh, East Sussex. The legendary band member, who is a vegetarian, by the way, said he grows rye, peas, wheat, and, as of more recently, started growing hemp. He even grows his own hops – a cousin of cannabis!
“With government regulations, you got to keep it where people can’t see it. You got all the kids coming in and robbing it,” McCartney shared during the podcast. In order to legally grow hemp plants in the United Kingdom, a person needs to secure a license from the Home Office. The grown hemp must also contain less than 0.2% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is an ever-so-slightly more restrictive amount than the U.S. allows (0.3% or less THC qualifies as federally legal hemp in the States).
McCartney then shared how he implements organic farming on his property by not using pesticides or fertilizers of any kind. “I became organic over 20 years ago,” he shared.
McCartney has previously publicly shared some of his past experiences with consuming marijuana. During the podcast, he confirmed that the first time he tried marijuana was with Bob Dylan in New York. Dylan used rolling papers and shared his joint with the Beatles as they followed him saying “give us a bit, give us a bit!” After continuing to recreationally smoke cannabis for much of his adult life (and even getting into some international trouble for possession at one point), McCartney decided to take a break after his grandkids reportedly suggested it.
The famous rock ‘n’ roller is just one of many musicians and artists who have advocated for the decriminalization of cannabis and pardoning of non-violent weed offenses. Some of these artists, such as Drake, have also invested in marijuana startups.
It is unknown whether the thieves who stole the hemp plants were aware that it belonged to the famous Beatle.