Tommy Chong on Marijuana: Legalize It!

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Tommy Chong wants to legalize marijuana. Knock us over with a feather.

The comedian feels that pot hasn't been legalized is no laughing matter.

With the government standing to earn money off it, what's the holdup?

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Chong tells The Philadelphia Daily News in an interview:

"Look at the situation we're in now. Sequesters. Cuts. Everything across the board. Now, the government is tapped into the biggest cash crop in the world."

"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."

"Hemp itself is going to save the world."

Chong echoed similar sentiments in an interview with IFC, saying the U.S. is missing out on "a ton of money" because marijuana isn't legal nationwide:

"It's a scam, see. They started the DEA, Nixon started it with an executive order, and they've spent some trillions of dollars fighting the weed and then haven't even made a dent."

"All they did [is spread it], and they affected the whole world. The whole world's been upset. That's one of the reasons we have wars," he went on.

"These alcohol-fueled, fear-fueled, oil-based wars. If you let the potheads take over, which we're doing, we're the meek that will inherit the world."

That's one way to look at it. What do you think?

Legalize weed?


Marijuana prohibition began because the lumber lobby wanted to do away with competition from hemp in the production of pulp paper. The back-room deal in Congress in the 1930s has put millions of innocent Americans in prison. .... Marijuana is a relaxant, no more addictive than coffee. It induces a contemplative state and enables people to become self-aware. It also offers people a non-suppressive way to work around pain. It's one of the more beneficial substances produced by nature. ..... That the government outlaws marijuana and makes war on the plant is a travesty. Prohibition encourages young people to deal with hardened criminals and thus brings young people into contact with hard and deadly drugs. It spawns violent drug deals, and puts many non-violent people in prison. Millions of lives have been destroyed, not by marijuana, but by the government's irrational addiction to repression and prohibition.



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