Jelly Roll Defends Marijuana Use, Insists Weed Helps Him to Stay Sober
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The 'Save Me' singer openly discusses his struggles with substance abuse and credits marijuana with playing a significant role in his journey to sobriety and mental well-being.

AceShowbiz - Country superstar Jelly Roll, born Jason DeFord, has been commendably candid about his battle with substance abuse and his unconventional path to sobriety. The "Save Me" singer, known for his authenticity and willingness to share his deepest struggles, believes marijuana has been immensely helpful, especially in managing his anxiety.

In several interviews, including one with Taste of Country published on May 24, Jelly Roll emphasized, "I get in trouble for this, all the time, but my stance on marijuana will always be the same: I believe marijuana has helped me in so many regards, with my anxiety. This is a hot button topic, but, truly, marijuana has kept me sober."

Jelly Roll's journey to sobriety is far from traditional. He openly admits, "In a world without marijuana, he would consume codeine and resume snorting cocaine," underscoring that "a world with weed, I'll be alright."

This perspective is not universally accepted, but Jelly Roll highly respects those who follow stricter sobriety paths, acknowledging, "I have friends that are in the program that are totally against any kind of mind-altering anything. I respect that. I have so much respect for those people. That's just not how my sobriety worked out."

Before achieving his current status, Jelly Roll faced severe consequences due to his substance abuse, having been in jail around 40 times for drug-related offenses. Nonetheless, he turned his life around and now uses his platform to support and inspire others.

He has visited numerous centres across the country, bringing warm meals and words of encouragement, adhering to his long-held promise, "I always said that if I ever got in this situation, I would do everything I could to give back."

Notably, Jelly Roll doesn't limit his contribution to sobriety advocacy alone. He also addresses pressing issues like the fentanyl crisis, calling for legislative action during a U.S. Senate committee hearing.

"I think it's important for me to tell you all that I'm not here to defend the use of illegal drugs, and I also understand the paradox of my history as a drug dealer standing in front of this committee," he stated, emphasizing his commitment to being part of the solution to the drug epidemic.

As Jelly Roll continues to embrace a healthier lifestyle, he balances his love for marijuana with activities like running, eating better, and carefully monitoring his behavior. He's even completed his first 5K race and has been working on new music that reflects his ongoing struggle and growth. With tracks like "I Am Not OK" and "Liar," he continues to share his journey and inspire fans.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.

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