Tommy Chong Reveals Struggle with Prostate Cancer

    June 11, 2012
    WebProNews Staff
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Tommy Chong, the comedian best known for his “Cheech & Chong” movies and his recurring role on “That 70’s Show”, told CNN on Saturday that he’s currently living with stage one prostate cancer. The actor/musician/activist stated that he became aware of the symptoms during a stint in jail for selling drug paraphernalia, though he was only diagnosed about a month ago.

During an interview about the legalization of marijuana, Chong dropped a bombshell on his legions of fans. “I’ve got prostate cancer, and I’m treating it with hemp oil, with cannabis,” he explained. “So (legalizing marijuana) means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested.”

Chong also admitted that he hadn’t smoked marijuana in over a year due to health concerns. Since the actor feels that “cannabis is a cure”, he’s been attempting to treat his cancer with hemp oil every night. “I’m taking it as a medicine,” he said.

In addition to starring in seven “Cheech & Chong” movies — four of which he directed — Chong has also appeared in a few sitcoms and penned a pair of books. His 2007 effort “The I Chong: Meditations from the Joint” chronicles his life following his arrest in 2003, while the 2009 tome “Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography” takes a look at the comedic duo during their heyday as America’s favorite hippie stoners.

In 2008, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong reunited for a pair of successful tours, “Light Up America and Canada” and “The Felimony Tour,” thus ending the feud that began after the comedians went their separate ways in 1985.

  • Flower

    This guy has been a known pot head his entire career and now that he has cancer, he thinks marijuana is going to cure it… If pot would do that, why does he have the disease in the first place?

    • Yem

      Just because something cures, doesn’t mean it also prevents.

    • Decay

      Read what is written he was in jail hard to get pot in jail and he says he quit smoking cannabis for a year due to health concerns

  • Jen

    Watch the video on you tube called “run from the cure” for the answer. The cure has to do with incredibly large doses of concentrate used over a period of time. Smoking pot till the cows come home will not stop cancer, but large doses of concentrates can!

    • Flower

      You’d think though, that if pot can cure it, and he’s been on pot for the last 40 years, the likely-hood of him getting it would be atronomical. Experimenting with pot as an excuse to have it legalized takes away from other legimate lines of research and risks lives.

  • Judith Rzecinski

    Tommy Chong, I love you! We are from the same time warp and you took me places I would have never been able to visit. You are in my prayers and ignor the people who do not appreciate your contribution to the time line that most of the Boomers occupied. Your humor even endeared my parents to you. Thanks for wonderful memories. My thoughts and Prayers are with you. I do not do weed but I support your efforts to legalize the use. Love Judith
    PS:Flower do some research before you dis someone.

    • Flower

      How did I “dis” anyone? Stating someone’s behavior is neither a compliment or a “dis”. It’s an objective statement. I wish the man well, but don’t see any proof that his current plan of action is doing anything to help him. How is stating this ignorantor “a$$” like behavior?

  • Collin


    You are an ignorant, foolish, troll. Get off the Internet and go to the library and learn something before you comment and make yourself look like a total a$$.

    • Flower

      Why am I ignorant? Because I’m not into pot? Add something substantial or shut up.

      • Collin

        No, not because you are not into pot, it’s because you appear to be another ignorant, judging, self righteous know-it-all that does not know how to use a spell check. Show me one single study where marijuana is linked to prostate cancer, or one single study that shows that his own preferred treatment is harmful. You need proof for YOUR OPINION?

        “he’s been on pot for the last 40 years, the likely-hood of him getting it would be atronomical.”

        Seriously? Have you asked Tommy CHong when he started using marijuana? Are you a doctor that specializes in prostate cancer? Are you qualified to give statistics on the probabilitie sof getting cancer of the prostate from marijuana? Are you aware that prostate cancer affects millions of men every year who have never smoked marijuana? Are you aware that most people smoke it through their mouths and not their anus? You want to tell people to shut up, but you spout ignorant, uninformed, biased BS to satisfy your own flaccid ego.

        • flower

          Collin, With all of your intelligence you must have some how made a probe into my brain and find a corner of it saying that “Tommy Chong got cancer from pot”. Because if you read what I wrote, which I am sure is beneath an intellect such as yourself, except to spell check, you’ll note that I didn’t say that. I said said(paraphrasing) that he’s been using it forever and it didn’t keep him from getting cancer so how likely will it be that it can cure him? Thank you for reading my little mind and letting me know how stupid I am. The world is a better place because of “open”thinkers like you.

          • Collin

            Yes it is. Thank you for the kind compliment. The world is a better place indeed with open minded people speaking their mind against closed minded people such as yourself. Just to be sure, you can re-read your own stupidity and reconsider your trollful comments and possibly have something more constructive to say than “because I’m not into pot, blah, blah, blah” You are a hypocritical, close minded fool. It was my sincere pleasure enlightening you.