Miley Cyrus is living the high life -- maybe in more ways than one. In a candid new interview with Rolling Stone for the magazine's July 4 issue, the 20-year-old "We Can't Stop" singer hints that all the talk about her stoner reputation could be more than just talk.
"You can't ask someone that and expect them to say yes," she tells the mag, laughing, when the interviewer asks flat-out if she's a stoner."I did a song with Snoop Dogg called 'Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,' so people can put it together for themselves."
Cyrus famously denied smoking marijuana after she was videotaped using a bong in late 2010; she claimed at the time that it was salvia, a legal hallucinogen. However, she later joked that she smoked "way too much f--king weed" when her friends gave her a Bob Marley cake for her 19th birthday.
"I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana -- people can be mad at me for saying that, but I don't care," she tells Rolling Stone. "I've seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I've never seen that happen with weed."
"As long as it isn't illegal, there are far more dangerous things," she adds. "And it's legal in the state of California. So I'm happy to live in California, a place where you can be whoever you want to be."
Cyrus, it seems, would be who she wants to be regardless. She makes no apologies for what she wears, how she acts, or what she believes -- nor does she think she should.
"I'm too honest. But this is who I am," she tells the mag."I can't sing 'We Can't Stop' and then be some shy, closed-off person. The reason I never really loved acting was because you can't be yourself. I don't want to be an actor -- I want to be an artist."
To that end, the former Hannah Montana star has given herself and her music an edgy new makeover. "People thought I was gonna be this dumb white girl that was, like twerking around and had no real thoughts," she says. "Since I was 13, I put my work before everything else in my life. Now that I'm 20, I'm putting my life and my career at the same level of importance."
That life includes an on-again, off-again engagement to Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth. Asked about the current status of their relationship, Cyrus says simply, "I wear a ring every single day. I don't talk about my personal life, so that's enough of an answer."
A few years ago, Miley Cyrus learned firsthand the perils of unguarded moments in the digital age when video surfaced of her using a bong, supposedly to smoke a legal substance called salvia – an incident she later spoofed on Saturday Night Live. While the pop singer doesn't exactly cop to smoking pot in a new interview with Rolling Stone's Rob Tannenbaum, she doesn't deny it, either.
"I did a song with Snoop Dogg called 'Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,' so people can put it together for themselves," Cyrus says. "I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana – people can be mad at me for saying that, but I don't care. I've seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I've never seen that happen with weed."
Marijuana users tend to be more laid-back, Cyrus observes, noting,"As long as it isn't illegal, there are far more dangerous things. And it's legal in the state of California. So I'm happy to live in California, a place where you can be whoever you want to be."
Pot isn't the only illicit substance Cyrus discusses: there's molly, too. The form of ecstasy has popped up in hip-hop this year, to the chagrin of Rick Ross and the disgust of Kendrick Lamar. The way Cyrus pronounces a word in her new song "We Can't Stop" has prompted speculation that she's singing about molly, though she insists she says "Miley."
"I have an accent! So when I say 'Miley,' it must sound like 'molly,'" she says. "You're not allowed to say 'molly' on the radio, so it obviously says 'Miley.' I knew people were gonna wonder what I'm saying in that song."
Not that "Miley" is free of drug connotations, either. "People refer to [cocaine] as 'Miley Cyrus,'" she says, citing Ross' verse on Meek Mills' song "Believe It." "My name is used in hip-hop songs to mean that. So even if I'm saying 'Miley,' people could still find something wrong with it."
The full Q&A with Cyrus will be available in the July 4th summer double issue of Rolling Stone.