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Comedian Ralphie May

Weed Nearly Killed Me!

1/19/2012 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

comedian Ralphie May
"Last Comic Standing" finalist and outspoken weed advocate Ralphie May is finally calling it quits on the sticky icky -- telling TMZ, smoking marijuana nearly killed him last year ... so he's giving it up for good.

May tells us, he was diagnosed with walking pneumonia before taking a cruise last November -- but the condition quickly got worse ... and before long, he was holed up in the boat's infirmary with a life-threatening lung infection.

May tells us, "If I hadn't been a 20-year weed smoker, it wouldn't have been as bad."

You'll recall -- May was detained in a Guam airport back in 2010 for weed possession after the comic decided to pet a drug-sniffing dog. Not his brightest moment.

May says he used to smoke around 4 ounces of pot a WEEK, but "feels great" ever since he quit -- adding, "I had a great time doing it, but now I can pet every dog in Guam."

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1    

yeahh 4 ounces a week will do that to you, personally i cant smoke more than an ounce a week...but smoking weed especially that amount puts soot into your lungs which damages vital areas and exposes them to whatever you breath, so its more your lungs are sensitive to infections and environmental pollution..

945 days ago
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roll3567    

a QP a week!? crazy! did his lungs ever have just air in them?
he gets sick and still cant take responsibility for it. blame the weed. what a jerk...after all weed has done for you. looks like he overindulges in everything in his life. no moderation at all.

945 days ago
18.

Claudia    

Yeah, it was the weed. Not the 800 pounds of excess fat all over his body that gave him trouble breathing.

945 days ago
19.

Todd    

Let's be honest here... That dude is funny, but he is also an obese, out of shape mess. And if you are smoking 4 ounces of ANYTHING per week, your lungs are gonna get ****ed up. Education and moderation, my friends.

945 days ago
20.

Abderia    

it couldn't have anything to do with the fact he's morbidly obese, right...

granted, SMOKING weed may have its drawbacks but there are many other options for taking it.

945 days ago
21.

ray    

1/4 of a pound a week??!! i was a heavy smoker and rarely went through more than an oz per week

945 days ago
22.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Wrong. Bacteria nearly killed you. Bacteria can kill a healthy person, an obese person is especially vulnerable to bacterial infection.

945 days ago
23.

KicksandGiggles    

Love Ya Ralphie, but separate yourself from the fork and plate - thats the real problem. Snoop inhales more weed than air but hes just fine and old as hell to boot. IT AIN"T DA WEED FRIEND!!!

945 days ago
24.

Quinn    

That's why they make vaporizers, dude.

945 days ago
25.

Robert    

I guess Ralphie didn't read the most recent medical study that shows that smoking weed actually increases lung function?

http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/campus/study-suggests-long-term-marijuana-use-may-not-harm-lungs-1.2686351

945 days ago
26.

anony    

I think there's something else that's killng him.

945 days ago
27.

TheRicker    

Right. Smoking weed was the cause of his illness.

Not the fact that he's a fat fVc

944 days ago
28.

And another thing!    

Doesn't he smoke cigarettes too? Um, Ralphie, smoking cigs and weighing half a ton isn't doing anything for your lungs either dear. I'm sure your doc mentioned that.

You smoked 4oz a week? When did you have time to perform? I smoke daily and I go through a z in a month. What kind of dirt weed you smoking Ralphie? Stop blaming the doob for your jacked up health. You have a half dozen things you are doing that can be contributed to your crappy health. Of course anyone is going to feel better if they stop smoking 4ozs of weed a week. You would have to be an idiot to do that in the first place.

944 days ago
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EyesWideOpen18    

I think his unhealthy weight may have been a factor and that he's trying to blame weed because its easier and still has a moral stigma. I'm sure all the trans fat he eats has something to do with it, I'm sure he doesn't shop at Whole Foods!!!

944 days ago
30.

Shelly    

Smoking weed did not almost kill you. Being a lazy fat a@@ is what almost killed you.

944 days ago
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