Tommy Chong Discusses Marc Emery and Marijuana Laws in Fiery CNN Debate

CANNABIS CULTURE – Cannabis-inspired comedy legend Tommy Chong appeared on CNN yesterday to discuss a new marijuana bill introduced in the US Congress by Ron Paul and Barney Frank. In a jaw-dropping piece of television, Chong tells a lying Drug Warrior to “shut-up” and also talks about the man on his t-shirt, imprisoned marijuana activist Marc Emery.

Paul and Frank have introduced HR 2306, a bill that would remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances and open up regulation on the state level.

Chong appeared to discuss the bill on CNN’s In the Arena wearing a “Free Marc” shirt emblazoned with the now-famous yellow and green image of the Prince of Pot, which caught the attention of the show’s host.

“You’re wearing a shirt right now,” he said. “Let’s widen the shot out a little bit – you’ve got a shirt on that’s a friend of yours, right?”.

“Yeah, a friend of mine,” Chong said. “He’s a Canadian that the DEA went into Canada and arrested him for selling seeds over the Internet – marijuana seeds. […] I went to prison for paraphernalia, which again, wasn’t really for paraphernalia. What it was, and in the indictment it said, it was because I made movies like Up in Smoke that made fun of law enforcement agencies.”

Later, in a heated debate, Chong looked like he wanted to throw a backhand through the screen and bitch-slap former White House drug czar advisor Paul Chabot, who erroneously claimed marijuana causes cancer, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety; and said that a “medical fraud marijuana problem” exists in California.

“Do you know who Montel Williams is?” Chong asked Chabot. “Montel Williams has MS, it’s a debilitating disease that he keeps under control by using marijuana.” Chong continued to give examples but was rudely cut off by Chabot before he could finished.

“Shut up!” Chong shot back. “Shut up for a minute. Let me finish. It has medical use, and so that lie you just said where it has no medical use whatsoever – it’s a lie. And the reason you tell that lie is because you’re being paid to tell that lie like the rest of the liars.”

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Go to FreeMarc.ca to find out more about imprisoned marijuana activist Marc Emery.

Jeremiah Vandermeer is editor of Cannabis Culture. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


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39 Comments

  1. Bbc on

    What have you done to help others. Tommy at least has the balls to speak up about the injustices that are being done.

  2. owen_g on

    damn – you internet.

    i have no tv
    i can’t watch – fubar
    but i still see shit like this.

    although i would like to see a suit being told off..
    ok i watch the rest ….

    ….don’t even smoke it ….

    put a cock in your mouth –
    …go go get your paycheck

    maybe i should watch more – that was good.

    anyway – things are not great here
    can’t smoke because it is _ALL_ garbage.
    been here a year – not once did i buy decent stuff.

    i am moving to LA
    might ask CC -members to help me out.

    kids – 3 kids – what? you can’t control you own kids ?
    what kinda parent are you?
    YOU be a parent to YOUR kids, don’t ask me to raise your kids. -tard

    man i miss this place
    but – i had to flee(exile) winnipeg – things are a little better here.

    i am moving to LA
    might ask CC -members to help me out.

    owen g
    cc – commander

  3. buddernut on

    Call them out on their lying ass.

  4. i'm batman on

    the only real damage illegal drugs cause is gang wars, drug cartels, prison overcrowding, and economic waste. this drug czar is a fool for thinking people aren’t smart enough to know what’s really going on. how does this loser look at himself in the mirror? people are going to chose to do whatever they want to do. you can’t stop them. it may be hard to get your hands on heroin (sp?), but that’s not going to stop the users from getting it. how about the crack addict that breaks into your home to rob you for his next fix? these people need help. use the money saved in fighting the war on drugs to create free health clinics to treat addicts. man, i should run for president…

  5. rick on

    the truth of the matter is not who should or should not be representing the pot culture but rather should the government be allowed to tell people what they can or can not consume. This is history repeating its self over an over agine prohabiton.The government is trying to controls peoples rights to consume a substince that the people want ie booze cigs trans fats ect…regarless of weather its is good for you or not. Its all about cointrol people. The government will only give FDA approval to drugs that have side effects the reason is to sell you more drugs to control the side effects.Pot can be grown by anyone and there for the government loses control. GET IT ?????

  6. Anonymous on

    Way to go Tommy C … We need more people shutting down the lies of Goverement on both sides us and Canada.

  7. Maria on

    Yes yes yes. Alright already. My gods….

    WE know where he was coming from. We, being the “we” who bother to educate ourselves on the history of prohibition, the history of cannabis, and the current state of affairs.

    That said, we also sit in our echo chambers and repeat these facts and history to ourselves. We go round and round rehashing the same information so that when someone rambles-on on TV, or online, or in an badly written article, we KNOW what he’s rambling on about. We GET IT.

    When someone like Tommy expresses righteous anger – and it is very MUCH righteous and deserved anger, I will never debate that – we know WHY he’s doing so. We cheer him on. We are angry as well… “Yeah, Shut up Chabot!”

    To anyone else, to everyone else, he very well could have been played by a “bellowing stoned walrus” who did NOT fluster the government suit. Watch that clip again, he didn’t even dent the smug bastard. Even the host who was tossing some interesting questions at Chabot looks embarrassed, not flustered.

    Can so many of you guys (and I suspect it’s guys) really not see beyond Tommy’s persona, beyond his history, his charm, his mountain of good works and contributions, beyond his brilliance and admit that there are some moments when anyone else should maybe be speaking?

    I don’t care what he’s done, he is not our fucking stoner god to be worshiped on bended knee. None of the old guard are, or new faces for that matter.

    When the producers contacted him he could have past the torch and offered to get them in touch with someone more willing to debate … but Tommy would never do so, even on an obvious off day. In the end he IS a performer and all performers need to be in the spotlight. And so he performed.

  8. Beatnuk on

    The only people who think that getting “addicted” to pot, bingo, MacDonald’s fries, television etc. etc. is exactly the same as getting addicted to alcohol or other hard drugs has obviously not experienced the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with substances which are truly addictive.

    I have been “addicted” to both alcohol and pot, and I can say that there is no comparison. Pot is easy to quit, while alcohol and tobacco are extremely difficult to quit. Ask a cocaine addict, heroin addict, or alcoholic if pot is addictive and they’ll laugh in your face. The number one reason people smoke weed is that it is not addictive.

    Thirty years ago, pot was a “soft” drug that was “habit-forming,” to be distinguished from “hard” drugs, like alcohol, cocaine and heroin, which were addictive. Today, pot is an “illicit” drug, just like cocaine and heroin (therefore it also has to be “addictive”)– but alcohol is good because it is not illicit.

  9. Anonymous on

    I think bruce mirken or rob kampia would have done better than tommy, but it wasnt a complete disaster. these guys need to be called liars and be told to shut up directly. he pointed out that this guy is a paid tool. in some respects someone from MPP or DPA in a suit would have made a better impression, but on the other hand tommy did some things that need to be done that they wouldnt have.

  10. Anonymous on

    So what branch of the DEA do you work for?

  11. The Dutchman on

    very sad to watch Mr Chong so degenerated and bellow like a stoned walrus,, he was invited a a guest upon this show to show, in full cartoon absurdity, just to show off on the mass media what becomes to old stoners
    after decade of cannabis overdoing it .he has no medical problems therfore his cannabis habit is clearly for mind expansion purposes. But as we can see, his brains have imploded instead. like a black hole in outter space.

    This video news story should be tossed into a deep hole and promptly buried again and hopefully forgotten. Mr Chong has done a huge dis service to the memory of Marc Emery and has shamed the many stoners in Canada by barking like a dog on television and making direct mention to his shirt, which we notice he seems to never launder between his barking sessions as cartoon tool of the prohibitionists..

    Is he to become the new Prince of Pot?

  12. Tyler on

    I seem to have put more thought into what I’m writing than you have, so don’t call me mindless. Read the long-ass post I put above yours, which contains the actual argument I’m making instead of the argument you and that other asshole have decided that I’m making. You’re saying I called Chong a stupid stoner and that I could have done better, which I didn’t; I said that because of the way he conducted that interview, he SEEMED to be a dumb stoner IN THE EYES OF UNEDUCATED PEOPLE/OLD PEOPLE/ANTI-DRUG PEOPLE and those are the ones we need to be getting on our side. I also never said I could do better; I said that someone from NORML or MPP who is trained to deal with media interviews and drug warrior idiots like this guy could have done it better. Never said a word about myself.

    Your entire insult-filled post relies on a strawman argument because I never said anything even remotely close to “Chong is a stupid stoner”. In fact, if I didn’t live across the country from Vancouver, I would literally be willing to walk into Marc Emery’s shop and say exactly what I said here. And you know what? Maybe they wouldn’t agree with me, but they’d at least understand what I’m trying to say because they’re intelligent people who are capable of listening to an entire argument, instead of just the parts they want to hear. Hell, they’d probably even treat me like a human being, something you and your buddy don’t seem to be capable of.

  13. Tyler on

    You guys are just totally impossible to reason with. You’re ignoring literally every single thing I said (and the stuff that the four other people who agreed with me are saying) and acting like I said Tommy Chong is a stupid worthless stoner when I never even came within a mile of that and never would because it’s a totally incorrect statement. If you’re willing to misrepresent my position that badly just so you don’t have to admit I might have a point, you’re no better than a drug warrior and arguing with you is pointless because you’re just going to attack me for things I never said.

    If you are the future of the legalization movement, we’re fucking doomed, because we will NEVER convince any undecided people to come over to our side by doing interviews like Chong just did. And we will certainly not get anywhere if your response to constructive criticism is to start attacking the contributions of another person to the movement just because you disagree with them. I’ll admit that I haven’t done nearly as much as Chong when it comes to getting weed legalized (and I certainly haven’t gone to prison), but that doesn’t mean any criticism I have is worthless, and only a complete idiot or an ignorant teenager would try to argue as much.

    Just because you’re apparently too stupid to understand my argument, here it is one more time. READ IT CLOSELY BEFORE YOU RESPOND: Tommy Chong is an amazing person who has done a huge amount of work for the marijuana movement. He is extremely funny, he’s done time for what we stand for, and he’s probably in my list of top-five most respected pot activists on a personal level. HOWEVER, IN THIS ONE SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCE, he didn’t handle the interview very well. If I were someone who knew nothing about marijuana and watched that interview, I’d have taken nothing away from it aside from “the stoner is angry” and “the anti-drug guy sounded a lot more articulate than the pro-drug guy”. Chong just didn’t make his arguments clear enough, and while he made some great points (pot has medical value, it’s never killed anyone, etc.) he never really explained them in-depth and moved from point to point so quickly that someone who has never smoked pot and knows nothing about legalization would have gained very little from tuning in. People who are involved in trying to get weed legalized obviously understood everything he said, because we already know all the arguments (including the parts he didn’t mention), and even I let out a “hell yeah!” when I heard him tell the schill to shut up because the guy needed to hear it. But decided pot activists are not the people we need to be directing these interviews at. We need to be directing them at the undecided people who are going to be the ones that become in favour of legalization after hearing a number of well-thought-out and articulate arguments in favour of the policy. Chong did not provide that in this interview, and if you don’t realize that I’m not sure what else to tell you aside from calm down and quit attacking me because we have a differing opinion.

    There, now go ahead and make another rage-filled and insulting post full of strawman arguments without actually reading mine, since that seems to be about the only thing you’re good at… just like the drug warriors.

    P.S. You’re really not going to endear yourself to younger pot activists if you plan on calling our entire generation worthless because we’ve produced a couple of musicians you don’t like (to be fair, I’m twenty and don’t like either of the people you mentioned either, but I don’t attack the whole generation because of it). You’re easily the most belligerent activist I’ve ever spoken to and you really need to calm down before you start hurling insults left and right. We disagree on whether the interview was done well, awesome, that doesn’t mean you have to treat me like I hate Tommy Chong and I hate the legalization movement and my whole generation sucks and you’re the only one who knows anything about anything. That’s just arrogance, and the other side is supposed to have a monopoly on that.

  14. 420HA on

    hey there how about you come on down to west hastings street in Couver and step into marc’s store. then go tell everybody that Tommy Chong was a stupid stoner and you could have done better than him.
    when Tommy was just there on TeeVee for all the world to see- fighting for Marc’s rights.
    tell everybody that you or your mama or some other smarter person could better represent the cannabis culture than Tommy. see how far you get with your mindless shite.
    I know Tommy, and when he hears the type of people like you, he rolls his eyes and makes a joke about
    how some people need to grow a pair of testicles:)

  15. David on

    Hey little Tyler, you are in so far over your head, your ass is the only thing showing. Tommy left the nark exasperated and flummoxed. Being a “belligerent stoner” is exactly what is needed when people have a war against them. What the hell are you even doing on this website, kid? Tommy Chong was on national television and explicitly explained what happened to Marc Emery. Have you ever done anything even remotely close that helps Marc’s cause? Tommy Chong helped Dana Larsen’s political campaign, contributes huge $$$ to real legalizers, and has gone to prison because of the drug war. Little punks like you have nothing to say to him other than thanks.
    Little frightened punks like you are why cannabis isn’t legal, and it’s why your generation of whining babies has achieved nothing except Justin Beaver and Lady GooGaa. We’ve all heard your kind of “softly softly” bullshit before.
    You are a scared loser. Put your life on the line against the drug warriors, and then come back here and try to talk shit. Until then, best hope I don’t ever run into you on the street, because I will make it so you need some medical cannabis to relieve the pain I would beat into your pathetic little self.

  16. Tyler on

    I will tell you to STFU because you’re obviously totally unreasonable. You’ve got four people here explaining exactly why I believe what I believe, and instead you’re persisting to attack me because I’m daring to say that maybe it’s possible for someone we agree with to not do a very good interview. The narc didn’t get bitchslapped; the narc left that interview very happy because Tommy gave him exactly what he wanted: a belligerent stoner who didn’t explain any argument well enough to convince an undecided person that he was right.

    You’re the kind of person that is only making it harder to get weed legalized because you refuse to admit that normal, everyday people don’t want to see someone go on TV, make half-arguments that aren’t explained very well and then tell their opponent to shut up. I’m not an “armchair quarterback with ego issues”, I’m just a rational person, and I’m not “a bitch hiding behind my computer slagging a dude who has done more for cannabis legalization than I ever will or could”, I’m sitting at my computer and criticizing someone who has done a whole lot for cannabis legalization but IN THIS SPECIFIC CASE did not do well for the movement. Are you just glazing over anything positive I say in order to pretend like I’m attacking Chong, instead of giving constructive criticism? Of course you are, because you’re the kind of idiot who refuses to believe your side can ever be wrong on anything.

    Seriously, get fucked you ignorant waste of space. Normally I don’t attack someone quite so harshly as that but you deserve it.

  17. Anonymous on

    Chabot is obviously a paid tool…… Tommy seems a bit defeated? This whole medical thing is great but to be disappointed in the Paul and Frank bill? The herb should be free to use! I should not need a “license”! Great job Tommy in callin’ a liar a liar!
    GO RON PAUL 2012! Let’s call Obama out on being a liar also! I feel Tommy tho? I have lost “hope” at times…. What we need is government and big pharma Dr’s out of our lives! Hemp in all it’s forms should be in the licensed market and free to grow like a tomato, in my back yard. I can see a Constitutional Republic that allows for the formation of a market place where any type of farm, resort, coffee shop, medical clinic, ect would grow and go out of business as the free market demands. I mean really!? What would you rather do? Have to get a license and “register” your name with the same mafia that have killed and imprisoned untold numbers in the “drug war” or just go in your back yard, to a local coffee shop/bar style place where at most you may be asked to show ID like we do for a drink?
    “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”-JL
    “We have lost a whole generation of activists because they have never known the fun of winning.” -Hunter S. Thompson
    Tommy, welcome all into the fight. I think you could work with Ron Paul on the hemp/ganja issue? I envision a powerful force with you two. A powerful industrial hemp media campaign! Think about it. peace and love ya’all!

  18. Anonymous on

    Chabot is obviously a paid tool…… Tommy seems a bit defeated? This whole medical thing is great but to be disappointed in the Paul and Frank bill? The herb should be free to use! I should not need a “license”! Great job Tommy in callin’ a liar a liar!
    GO RON PAUL 2012! Let’s call Obama out on being a liar also! I feel Tommy tho? I have lost “hope” at times…. What we need is government and big pharma Dr’s out of our lives! Hemp in all it’s forms should be in the licensed market and free to grow like a tomato, in my back yard. I can see a Constitutional Republic that allows for the formation of a market place where any type of farm, resort, coffee shop, medical clinic, ect would grow and go out of business as the free market demands. I mean really!? What would you rather do? Have to get a license and “register” your name with the same mafia that have killed and imprisoned untold numbers in the “drug war” or just go in your back yard, to a local coffee shop/bar style place where at most you may be asked to show ID like we do for a drink?
    “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”-JL
    “We have lost a whole generation of activists because they have never known the fun of winning.” -Hunter S. Thompson
    Tommy, welcome all into the fight. I think you could work with Ron Paul on the hemp/ganja issue? I envision a powerful force with you two. A powerful industrial hemp media campaign! Think about it. peace and love ya’all!

  19. Samson on

    It’s ironic to me how they(the drug warriors)claim they want to “Protect the Children!”—REALLY.? they want to “protect” kids Soooooo much from those good-for-nothing stoners with their evil plans to smoke reefer and play Twisted Metal 2 all night,(those bastards). So, in order to “protect” the kids; they lock up non-violent stoners……and release CHILD MOLESTERS(usually repeat offenders), after only 2 yrs in prison……sooooo why isn’t there a war on child rape????? Because–no offense– If I had to leave my child(unsupervised) in a room with either a Priest or a stoner….I’m gonna go with the stoner. Who’s more likely to molest a box of Lil’ Debbie snacks…..

  20. David on

    Like I said before, this same kind of naysaying “he should have said it the way I would have said it,” or “it should have been someone from an official marijuana political group,” or “he shouldn’t have gotten angry he is a stupid stoner,” or “how will the regular dumbass American see it” are all the same kinds of bullshit said against Marc Emery, Dennis Peron, Jack Herer, Woody Harrelson, Ed Rosenthal and the other few people who have publicly gone up against the fascist government and its paid mouthpieces.

    Tommy Chong completely bitch-slapped the nark and anybody who isn’t an armchair quarterback with ego issues could see that he did a great job. Any “stoner,” confronted with the lies that nark was telling, would be totally proud to say exactly what Tommy said.

    I will tell you to STFU and instead of criticizing people who actually do something to stand up to the narks, why don’t you personally attain the stature and influence of Marc or Tommy, and then let us all critique how you talk on television! Until then, you are nothing but a bitch hiding behind your computer slagging a dude who has done more for cannabis legalization than you ever will or could.

  21. Butterfly on

    I am amazed at how Tommy Chong realizes the medical beneficial reasons of marijuana. Not to mention the 1937 tax act reasons used was the majority of the users were black, the newspapers linked to underground sale of heroin and violent crimes. From this came government made propaganda films such as Reefer Madness – What Bullshit!!! Prohibition did not work, so why should the war on drugs work with the intent of putting decent hardworking Americana’s in our prison system for marijuana citations… Our prison system is overpopulated because we have innocent people serving 99 years for growing marijuana, while people are walking the streets after doing 5 years for murder. To me this is insane!

  22. Tyler on

    Hey David, I was going to tell you to shut the hell up and read my comment before you start attacking me, but Maria and Gary both did an excellent job of explaining why you’re wrong so I’ll leave you to read what they wrote. Or, you know, you could get pissed and start insulting people just because they don’t agree with your uninformed views, since you’ve already shown yourself to be pretty good at that. Maybe someday you’ll figure out that just because people have done good things for our movement, that doesn’t make them immune to any criticism.

    Thanks to the people who responded with kindness, I was frankly expecting a lot more negative reaction than I got and I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who thought that interview was a disaster. Really, Chong is a great guy, but TV interviews against trained drug warriors just aren’t his forte.

  23. Gary Bryan on

    I’m honestly glad to see that there’s people here that see what went wrong with Tommy Chong’s approach, and that not everyone who saw it and smokes pot thought, “YEAH MAN FUCK THE SYSTEM CHEECH AND CHONG UP IN SMOKE 4EVER!” Mr. Chong is fine, but Mr. Chong has decades of fighting this struggle; he should know that you can’t fight the suits (especially the government ones) with a raised clenched fist. He should’ve taken a page out of Emery’s book (not just wear the t-shirt) and he should’ve seen the suit’s arguments coming from a mile away. I’m not saying that the suit was right, because he wasn’t, but good Christ, America’s waiting for legitimate proof that a marijuana lifestyle doesn’t have to be attached to the typical stoner stereotype, and we need to be that legitimate proof.

  24. Maria on

    I agree with you. I think he’s a brilliant man but this was not brilliant work. In some moments I was embarrassed for him.

  25. Maria on

    *sigh* Calmly read what the OP was saying before you throw a tantrum and tell people they “suck” while at the same time disparaging their own efforts.

    The point is, there is a venue and a forum for everyone. Just like not everyone can do brilliant stand up comedy, not everyone can do a coherent interview on live television.

    Tommy Chong has been and always will be a leader in the movement. He’s respected. He’s intelligent. He’s a fighter. He’s shown that one can be counter culture and build a successful carrier and life out of it, despite “the man” trying to fuck you over. He’s a brilliant combative spark. But that’s the issue.

    He’s a spark and he looses his cool on these shows. And when he does he becomes incoherent to the average person. Yes, my jaw dropped, but not because I was astounded that Tommy would tell anyone to sut up on TV. No. I was thinking what the “average” Joe would be seeing. And they are the ones we need on our side.

    Tommy Chong is wonderful but he is not the person we need on buttoned up news channels. I wish they’d had Montel, Gary Johnson, or Neill Franklin or ANY ONE of the SSDP people on with that self righteous evil scum Chabot. They would have handed him his ass on a silver platter in a way that wouldn’t have played INTO his hands as well. Notice that “you’re an addict” was his response to Tommys righteous anger. We know he’s not but tell that to the viewers…

    You can respect a man and also disagree with some of the things he does. And I respectfully disagree with how Tommy handled himself.

  26. David on

    So let’s see if I read you right…Tommy Chong is one of few movie stars and comedians to ever be on national television and openly tell a lying fascist piece of shit drug warrior that the drug warrior is a paid liar- but that’s not good enough for you??!!
    I’d really like to have a report from you of how you have done even a fraction of a percent for the marijuana movement like Chong has done. The dude went to prison for selling glass pipes that didn’t even have cannabis resins on them, and he continues to fight hard for weed, supporting Marc Emery, funding legalizers, and in this case- he completely called out a lying fascist pig.
    Your criticism of him has ZERO credibility. Just like the people who are armchair critics of Marc. When you are on national television spitting in the face of a drug warrior, then maybe I will listen to you. Until then, have a little respect for someone who has done more for cannabis legalization than you ever have or will.

  27. Glenn on

    You’re wrong about that. CNN is showing that they’re a legitimate news organization by allowing both sides the opportunity to debate. To do any less would be wrong. They’re not a propaganda machine like MSNBC (for the Left) or Fox (for the Right).

  28. Anonymous on

    Gotta disagree with you on this one. CNN has the responsibility to give both sides the opportunity to present their point of view. To do any less would simply turn them into a propaganda machine. I agree that Mr. Chong is probably not the best person to debate this and it’s obvious that the government employee was saying lies. That’s not the point though. Too many people accuse news organizations of having bias; either right-wing like Fox News or left-wing like MSNBC. CNN is taking the high road by giving both sides air time. Just because you or anyone else disagrees with someone’s opinion doesn’t mean that that person doesn’t have the right to give it. If you had your way, then only pro-legalization talk would be allowed. If the government had its way, then internet sights like this would be outlawed and there would be 0 news coverage of pot or any other issues that the government didn’t approve of. My point is that fascism and propaganda are wrong whether they come from the Right of Left.

  29. Edward Shea (Canadian) on

    Fucking Free Marc Emery

  30. JR on

    You’re not off base at all. I like Tommy. Normally I’ve enjoyed his interviews and debates, but this was not his best work. I’d much rather see someone like Mason Tvert take on this issue. Tommy made it pretty clear when answering the first question that he just didn’t care about the issue. And while I think he’s right that it’s a non-starter and will never get out of committee, it’s a significant step in the right direction. Marijuana should be rescheduled and ultimately made fully legal for recreational use, and this resolution may be one small step along the route to that end.

    It’s a shame that Tommy didn’t care enough about the issue to state some talking points we’ve heard from him in the past. There’s SO many of them. Ultimately his anger at Chabot was surprising given that Chabot said nothing particularly unusual or uncharacteristic for prohibitionists. We’ve seen their playbook, we know their lies – it’s really not THAT tough to debate these people… if you care to bother.

    I really think Tommy Chong let us down on this one.

  31. Anonymous on

    CNN is a shit channel for giving both sides of the fake debate; that guy with the stupid hair cut (the anti-pot guy with stupid views) should not have been given air time to promote false hoods about cannabis. Furthermore, Chong is not a cannabis expert: he is a comedian who has put cannabis at the butt of the joke, over & over again.

  32. Anonymous on

    CNN is a shit channel for giving both sides of the fake debate; that guy with the stupid hair cut should not have been given air time to promote false hoods about cannabis. Furthermore, Chong is not a cannabis expert: he is a comedian who has put cannabis at the butt of the joke, over & over again.

  33. Tyler on

    Maybe I’m an outlier here, but I really don’t think Tommy Chong is the best person to be acting as a spokesperson for the marijuana movement. I’m not saying he doesn’t have anything to say, because he definitely does, but when I was watching that video all I could think is “any old person watching this just had every stereotype about pot they’ve ever heard confirmed in one fell swoop”. Most activists would have been able to take down everything that drug warrior idiot said, but Tommy responded with belligerence and never really made any one point clearly, or at least didn’t explain himself well enough when he did make a point, so it just seemed like he was sitting there getting angry at Mr. Anti-Drug and occasionally tossing in part of an argument while the jackass responded with well-articulated but completely incorrect crap.

    Again, I’m not saying Tommy Chong is a bad person or that he doesn’t have an important place in pot culture, but I think we’d be a lot better off with people from organizations like MPP or NORML doing TV interviews rather than someone who, for most uneducated Americans, seems like the caricature of a total burnout. We might enjoy going “aw hell yeah, he told that drug warrior to shut up, that’s awesome” but people who are undecided on the issue see nothing but a scatterbrained angry stoner who isn’t very good at explaining himself vs. an articulate lobbyist who goes on about protecting the children and how he used to be an addict and blah blah blah.

    I mean I might be totally off-base here but just based on my perception, that interview didn’t go nearly as well as people seem to think it did.

  34. Anonymous on

    Your the best Tommy,I am so happy to see someone of your stature debating this issue on everyone’s behalf.Keep telling the truth ,it will make them all look like the fools they are showing us to be.

  35. Anonymous on

    Your the best Tommy,I am so happy to see someone of your stature debating this issue on everyone’s behalf.Keep telling the truth ,it will make them all look like the fools they are showing us to be.

  36. Anonymous on

    If Chabot is so interested in the well-fair of people he should be more concerned with aspartame. Look at all the risk factors when consuming this drug.
    Aspartame is addictive, proven fact, And is very hazardous to an individuals health. Thanks to Dick Cheney.

  37. TracyR on

    Paul has to realize that if his concern is about kids and addiction, then he needs to understand that addiction has less to do with marijuana (or alcohol, or cocaine, etc) and everything to do with dopamine activity in the brain.

    Those who claim to have been addicted to marijuana and have ‘cured’ their dependency on it, will only become addicted to something else if they don’t address the real cause of addiction which lies in hyper-conditioned brain functioning.

    So if the War on Drugs won and we got rid of all so-called addictive substances, those pre-conditioned to addiction will find it in food, gambling, porn, money etc. because the addictive brain has not changed. The cure is not to get rid of the substance, it is to help the mind.

    (See: Dr. Gabor Mate and David A. Kessler, MD)

  38. Anonymous on

    We should all make fun of Law Enforcment every chance we get. They are a joke. Let them chase the weed plants around like nerdy little retards. Good work Chong calling that servant follower out for what he really is.

  39. Mr420Arabian on

    First of all he has no right to say anything, because he admits to have used it. Secondly there have been no deaths linked to marijuana like Tommy said. So up yours Paul Chabot, and long live Tommy Chong and Marc Emery!!