CANNABIS CULTURE – Tommy Chong, famed Canadian actor, comedian, author and musician, has joined the BC New Democratic Party and endorsed Dana Larsen for party leader.
“I joined the BC NDP for one reason, and that is Dana Larsen,” said Chong in a statement accompanying a video released today. “Dana is a candidate who has honesty and integrity. He’s not your typical politician, he represents the real grassroots of this province.”
Larsen is the Director of two non-profit societies that provide medicinal cannabis products to thousands of patients. He formally announced his bid for the BC NDP leadership on December 28.
Chong, best known as half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, has starred in over a dozen films, released ten albums and often appears in the media as a political commentator and pundit.
“I’m honoured to have the support of a cultural icon like Tommy Chong,” said Larsen. “Over his lengthy career, Tommy has brought joy and laughter to millions of people. Yet he also knows first-hand the damage caused by the failed war on marijuana.”
Chong served nine months in California prison during 2003-04, after being convicted of selling bongs over the Internet. He is a Canadian citizen and resides in Vancouver.
“As Premier, I would legalize marijuana in BC,” said Larsen. “Cannabis is British Columbia’s biggest industry, and it needs to be taxed, regulated and brought above ground. Legal marijuana would be a windfall for the citizens of our province. People like Tommy Chong don’t belong in prison.”