Tommy Chong said he isn’t worried about President Donald Trump or Attorney General Jeff Sessions repealing marijuana laws, especially in California.
“No, the genie is out of the bottle,” Chong said in an interview with the Sun Herald. “They found out that all of that propaganda against marijuana is a lie — everything that Trump has done is a lie, so it’s just a matter of time before the lie eats itself, especially when you lie like that.”
Chong and longtime comedy partner Cheech (Marin) return to Biloxi for an 8 p.m. show Friday at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Tickets start at $34 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.
Since the late 1960s, Cheech and Chong have represented the American counter culture in pop culture, through stand-up comedy, albums and movies. And at the center of their comedy has been, and will be, marijuana.
In 2003, Chong was sentenced to nine months in federal prison for selling and distributing paraphernalia that included bongs and water pops used for the consumption of marijuana. A longtime activist for marijuana reform, Chong currently owns and operates Chong’s Choice, which legally sells marijuana in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
“They are finding so many uses for marijuana,” Chong said. “It’s also non-addictive — how are you going to tell people that are addicted to opioids that marijuana is bad for you because some rehabs are using it to help get people off opioids — it’s a gateway drug but the gate is swinging the other way now, it’s swinging toward life.”
A CNN report claims that Colorado has generated more than $500 million in revenue since it began selling pot legally in 2014.
“Look at the money they’re making in Colorado,” Chong said. “Places like Texas and Maine would love to have that kind of income coming in and eventually they will.”
And with his weed business booming, Chong said he will soon retire from his partnership with Chong.
“I’m getting to the point where one day I’m going to retire from comedy and just focus on my weed business,” he said. “That’s really what I want to do.”
Hear Tommy Chong talk about his career in an R&B band with Bobby Taylor, his secret to a long marriage and his partnership with Cheech.