Cannabis activist, musician, and comedy actor Tommy Chong gives his thoughts on the emergence of America’s legal cannabis industry.
Chong is an icon of cannabis – one half of the Cheech & Chong comedy duo from the cult classic ‘Up in Smoke’, synonymous with the cannabis movement. The pair sold out shows in the 70s, the decade following the culturally revolutionary “summer of love”, and when drug use was declared “public enemy number one” by Nixon, sparking the worldwide War on Drugs.
Medical Cannabis Network digital editor, Stephanie Price, spoke with Tommy Chong to find out his thoughts on the now legal medical and recreational cannabis industry in the USA.
“Cannabis changed my life”
Chong has been campaigning for the legalisation of cannabis most of his life, and his films and music have put cannabis culture in the spotlight. He says that cannabis prohibition is a racist policy, and that hemp can provide much more sustainable ways of making clothes, vehicles, and other everyday items.
“I love what’s going on, you know – I fought the battle.” Chong said. “It’s been illegal all of my life – and cannabis changed my life. I got turned on to it at a jazz club. I’m a musician and I used to go down