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The Doobie Brothers
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Sold out. Check for last minute availability.INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Doobie Brothers might have gotten their name from an early love for smoking pot but the band's main singer/songwriter, Tom Johnston, doesn't care a lot about the drug these days.
The 65-year-old, who performs with the band Sunday night at the Clay Center, said, "I don't pay a lot of attention to it. I don't smoke it. I'm not part of the culture. Those days are long gone."
That being said, Johnston added that he'd read about how there were a lot of beneficial, medically viable treatments that could be drawn from marijuana. There's been some promising discussion about help for seizures, for example.
"As far as legalizing it goes..."
He sighed and said, "I think they should have done it years ago. The laws we have on that are stupid. I don't want to get on my soapbox because I don't spend any time thinking about it, but I think we're going about it all wrong. That people caught with small amounts getting thrown into prison is ridiculous."
And that's all Johnston has to say about that.