Tommy Chong Announces He Has Prostate Cancer
Tommy Chong, one half of the legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong, recently announced that he has prostate cancer. He says he first noticed symptoms about 8 years ago while in prison on charges of selling drug paraphernalia, but was only diagnosed last month.
"I've got prostate cancer, and I'm treating it with hemp oil, with cannabis," Tommy told Don Lemon from CNN. "So (legalizing marijuana) means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested."
Tommy told CNN that he no longer smoke marijuana, but ingests hemp oil "at night, so I won't be woozy all day."
Tommy Chong has been a longtime advocate for marijuana law reform. He and Cheech Marin spent more than 2 decades on separate career paths after breaking up in the 1980’s. While Cheech tried to shed his “pothead” image, Tommy embraced it, playing the lovable Leo on That 70’s Show. The pair reunited to the joy of millions of cannabis and comedy lovers several years ago with a new comedy tour, one with marijuana legalization as the back drop. They continue to tour together, as well as having other projects in the works.
Tommy describes his prostate cancer "as a slow stage one (that I've) had for a long time." There is no word yet as to how Tommy’s announcement might affect his future career plans. For now it’s enough to hope that Tommy gets well.
It will also be interesting to see how Tommy’s hemp oil treatment progresses. Many of you know the story of Rick Simpson, and the testimonials of dozens of people who say their cancer was cured through the use of hemp oil. If Tommy Chong’s cancer is cured by hemp oil, it would put awareness of an amazing medicinal product to a whole new level.
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Barry Obama the High School Stoner
A new book coming out on June 19th chronicles the life of President Obama, including some stories about his enthusiastic and often controlling use of marijuana as a High School student in Hawaii. If the stories are true, not only was Barry Obama a lover of the ganja back then, he was also the dominant figure in his group of friends, and often a controlling one at that.
Barry and his “Choom Gang” were a group of pot smokers, and as leader, Barry was the trend setter. He started “roof hits” (hotboxing a car) and would also “intercept” hits at different places in the rotation, stealing an extra puff, something considered a breach of rotation etiquette in most places today. Maybe it was then too and Barry was just so dominant in his group that no one called him on it.
After all, it takes a certain amount or arrogance to run for political office, and even more to run for and become President of the United States. Not everyone has that ability, or the confidence to try to lead massive groups of people.
But all this brings up the question: why is Barry so against marijuana now? It obviously didn’t ruin his life or make him sit on the couch all day eating Cheetos. He didn’t get busted so he was allowed to go to college and be a lawyer, Senator and President of the United States. He didn’t need rehab and stopped smoking weed on his own without any 12 step programs or sponsors.
Maybe his war on medical marijuana has less to do with his personal feelings and more to do with needing campaign money from Big Pharma.
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