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Loretta Lynn Admits to Trying Marijuana for the First Time at 84

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You won’t find Loretta Lynn on Willie Nelson‘s bus too often. The living legend admits that she just tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 — and she didn’t really love it. ‘The Pill’ hitmaker says she was given some marijuana by doctors six months ago, and it’s not something she intends to smoke again.

“I got glaucoma and they gave me one of these cigarettes,” Lynn tells People in an interview. “I took one smoke off of it and it hit me right here in the chest. I like to have died! Glaucoma is just going to have to take over.”

While Lynn won’t be picking up a weed habit anytime soon, longtime friend and collaborator Nelson (a known marijuana smoker) is a different story.

“He’s one of the greatest people in the whole world,” Lynn says. “I know he smokes pot, but my goodness, there’s a lot people doing a lot worse than smoking pot!”

In a walk down memory lane, Lynn also raved about the late Patsy Cline. As she recalls, the singer was just as outspoken as she is, and this attribute is what she admired.

“Patsy was her own woman and that’s what I adored. I thought, ‘By golly, I’m not the only one — Patsy stands up for herself too,’” Lynn says.

Even at 84, Lynn insists she doesn’t have plans to slow down anytime soon, despite canceling a handful of shows in September due to a fall and subsequent surgery. She recently released her new holiday album White Christmas Blue and appeared on the CMA Country Christmas special, performing “Country Christmas,” one of the tracks off her album, with Jennifer Nettles and Trisha Yearwood.

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