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Cheech and Chong are serious about benefits of legal marijuana

By John Carucci

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:23 a.m. HST, May 16, 2013


NEW YORK » The Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Cheech and Chong based their 42-year career on counterculture humor with a particular emphasis on marijuana use. But these days Tommy Chong sees the recreational drug as something more than fodder for jokes about stoned hippies.

The 74-year-old comedian thinks legalizing marijuana on a federal level would offer numerous benefits, including a boost to the U.S. economy if it were taxed.

"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."

His ambitions for marijuana may be outsized, but he notes the potential medical uses that have already inspired some states to legalize the drug. Nearly 20 states have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana, and two of them — Colorado and Washington — have totally legalized it. And at least 12 states have pending legislation to legalize for medical use.

"Hemp itself is going to save the world," Chong said.

Chong's comedy partner, Richard "Cheech" Marin, 66, thinks legalization will come in the next couple of years.

"The tipping point is 24 states to legalize medical marijuana, so it's coming soon," said Marin.







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saywhatyouthink wrote:
YEA!
on May 15,2013 | 06:49PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Sell pot just for the money? Guess that acting job doesn't pay much.
on May 15,2013 | 10:06PM
HD36 wrote:
Wow, after smoking pot all those years, they're still alive, they haven't moved on to harder drugs, they haven't been convicted of murder, and they sound pretty intelligent. Was "Reefer Madness" based on science or those who gain finacially from running prisons.
on May 15,2013 | 10:12PM
Lanikaula wrote:
It was manipulated by newspaper magnate Randolph Hearst & chemical magnate Dupont along w/US AG Aslinger to discredit hemp/marijuana nationally then globally...all to control the HUGE pharmaceutical & surgical industries initially and later all the 'spin-off' industries....all about $$$$$
on May 15,2013 | 10:25PM
lwandcah wrote:
"they sound pretty intelligent"? "Hey man", we are talking about Cheech and Chong.
on May 16,2013 | 06:21AM
dlum003 wrote:
Both men are actually very astute and well spoken. Pot smoking doesnt necessarily correlate with low IQ.
on May 16,2013 | 08:47AM
LMO wrote:
"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." That will change if the government gets involved! It will be regulated and industrialized.
on May 16,2013 | 02:21AM
gofigga wrote:
Personally, I am in favor of legalizing most drugs IF the user doesn't site the use of any drug as a culpable ingredient towards a "deminished mental capacity" defense in a commission of any crime. If we took the drugs and use of them out of the back street and into the spotlight, we would force the criminals to go legit, increase our tax revenues, and have a lot of former DEA agents become border agents and stiffen our illegal immigrant laws and enforcement capabilities. A win-win situation.
on May 16,2013 | 03:55AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Easy for them to say. With legalazation their film career will be regenerated. They made their money from pakalolo. Is this the beginning of a "Pakalolo Old Boys Club"? I may be interested.
on May 16,2013 | 05:50AM
TMK6634 wrote:
Dave? Dave's not here.
on May 16,2013 | 06:00AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Funny how it takes a comedian to credibly tell a truth while the elected politicians spend much if not most of the time doing the opposite.
on May 16,2013 | 07:17AM
Bdpapa wrote:
They're not funny now.
on May 16,2013 | 08:12AM
dlum003 wrote:
Faaaaaaaar out, maaaan! Love these guys.
on May 16,2013 | 08:46AM
entrkn wrote:
I can't think of anyone more qualified to champion such a noble cause...
on May 16,2013 | 08:46AM
NotNasti wrote:
I wonder how Sgt. Stedenko would feel about this.
on May 16,2013 | 08:52AM
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