A/K/A Tommy Chong: His Side of the Story

Marc Emery and CC assistant editor Jodie Giesz-Ramsay will be attending the October 12th 1:00pm screening in Vancouver. All supporters are encouraged to attend!
This film is being shown at Film Festivals across Canada. The premiere in Vancouver, BC, will be at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October. Be sure to get your tickets, especially if you’re a member of the cannabis community and you believe in the fight for justice and freedom for all persecuted people around the world. This movie will highlight the incredible and unbelievable power and ill-will of the Drug Enforcement Agency of the United States, and how they are willing to go to any lengths to take down those who speak or act out against their agenda.

Sun. Oct 9, 12:30pm, Granville 7 Theatre
Tue. Oct 11, 10:00pm, Granville 7 Theatre
Wed. Oct 12, 1:00pm, Granville 7 Theatre

Film Description

In 2003, budgets allocated to the apprehension of the US government’s top criminal targets were as follows: $25 million for the head of Osama bin Laden; $15 million each spent for information on the whereabouts of Uday and Qusay Hussein, the sons of Saddam; and $12 million spent to apprehend Tommy Chong…

Co-founder of the stoner-comedy team of Cheech & Chong – Chong’s name is synonymous with marijuana ? was convicted of the crime of selling novelty art-glass water pipes, or “bongs,” over the Internet. This after an elaborate government sting known as Operation Pipe Dream (read about it here in CC issue 56) ? sanctioned by then-US Attorney General John Ashcroft ? in which federal agents posed as “fans” and placed out-of-state orders for his glass promotional pipes.

And when the sentence of nine months in prison was handed down, the Canadian-born comedian found himself hurled down the rabbit hole of America’s “war on drugs” while Los Angelenos slept soundly knowing that the streets were now safe from a sixtysomething comedian and father of four.

Josh Gilbert’s pointed and entertaining documentary ? as much about a post-9/11 America that has widened its “enemies net” to the point of meaninglessness as it is a portrait of a beloved and railroaded entertainer ? features a cast of “character witnesses” that includes Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Peter Coyote and Richard “Cheech” Marin. They more than attest to just how silly, damaging and downright pernicious Bush’s so-called “war” really is.

Next on their list? Marc Emery.

Vancouver International Film Fesitval website

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