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Tommy Chong Touts the Economic Benefits of Weed

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Tommy Chong, along with co-star Ceech Marin, became famous in the 70s and 80s for the Ceeech & Chong movies, which satirized and glorified many aspects of hippie and stoner culture. Now, Chong is, unsurprisingly, advocating for the legalization of marijuana.

According to an Associated Press report, Chong recently stated that marijuana could be the cure for the ailing U.S. economy. Chong stated that legalizing and taxing marijuana and hemp could provide enough revenue to “save the world.” From the AP:

“Look at the situation we’re in now. Sequesters. Cuts. Everything cut across the board. Now, the government is tapped into the biggest cash crop in the world,” Chong said. “There’s little manufacturing cost. You don’t have to do anything except watch it grow and get a couple of hippies to cut it and then put it in a bag.”

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Chong, who revealed last year that he battled prostate cancer, still tours occasionally with Marin. He is also using social media to promote marijuana legalization. His Facebook and Twitter accounts are filled with statements such as these:

Tommy Chong Touts the Economic Benefits of Weed
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  • Nick

    Why does the US Government own patent #6630507? Why was this patent even allowed if the US Government is going to sit there and say cannabis has no medicinal value? The patent states that certain cannabinoids found in cannabis do have medicinal value…. Not only would cannabis help the cash strapped country, but it would also provide medicinal benefits for many sick citizens. Every unbiased study shows that cannabis is an extremely safe form of medicine that can treat a large variety of conditions…. OOO, now I see why it is considered illegal… the big pharmaceutical companies would loose billions in profits if cannabis was legal. Since they pay off politicians with campaign contributions, it will probably remain the way it is until the crooks in office aren’t allowed to take bribes… That’s pretty much what it is, bribe money, but they call them “donations”.

  • shar

    Sounds so easy & sensible. The first thing come to mind after that is
    the ‘revenooers’. Remember Prohibition, then how unwelcome the ‘revenooers’ were in places like Appalachia. I come from a place
    as beautiful as Appalachia – we’re also wary of the ‘newcomers’,
    ‘revenooers’, the system. Nice try, Tommy. To actually invite
    the taxman ?! The devil is in the details of history.

    • shar

      Nick: They could care less if we all go blind from glaucoma
      that could have been prevented by medicinal mj. Their top,
      middle and bottome line is $$$. Have you heard the one that goes: the love of money is the root of all evil ?

      • truthseeker

        The correct quote, from 1 Timothy 6:10, is “…the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Money is not the root of all evil, and not the only root either. The real issue is, what is the social cost of having an even larger proportion of our population stoned than already is? Medical MJ can be made into a pill and be more effective medically without the health hazards and psychoactive effects of smoking it. Oh, wait…isn’t that the real reason behind legalization, or maybe, just maybe, you simply want to get stoned without being held accountable for the damage it causes to others who have to support your habit. Hmmmmm…..

    • shar

      Nick: They could care less if we all go blind from glaucoma
      that could have been prevented by medicinal mj. Their top,
      middle and bottome line is $$$. Have you heard the one that goes: the love of money is the root of all evil ?

    • shar

      Nick: They could care less if we all go blind from glaucoma
      that could have been prevented by medicinal mj. Their top,
      middle and bottome line is $$$. Have you heard the one that goes: the love of money is the root of all evil ?

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