CANNABIS CULTURE – Tommy Chong, legendary comedian and hero of the marijuana movement, told CNN in a recent interview that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will be treating his condition with cannabis oil.
“I’ve got prostate cancer, and I’m treating it with hemp oil, with cannabis,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon. “So (legalizing marijuana) means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested.”
Chong, a good friend of Cannabis Culture, Marc Emery, and the pot activism community, said he recently watched the movie Run From the Cure about medical pot advocate Rick Simpson, who claims to have cured cancer with the oil extracted from cannabis plants. Other films, like What if Cannabis Cured Cancer document the growing body of evidence showing the cancer-fighting properties of cannabis.
The comedian figures his problems started in 2004 when he was serving a nine-month prison sentence for selling bongs on the internet.
“I was totally healthy when I went into jail,” Chong said, “…and I started having problems with my prostate right there. I remember very well because when you have problems, you have to get up in the middle of the night and pee a lot. Then I also contracted gout while I was in prison from the food. So I think was a combination of the food and the fact that the prison itself in Taft, California is built over a toxic waste dump, and they have a thing there called valley fever that other prisoners were getting and they don’t even know what it was.”
Chong also said he supports the legalization of marijuana, but doesn’t think it should be taxed.
“All you have to do is decriminalize it,” he said. “just take away the criminal penalties. We don’t need a system of who we’re going to buy it from. We’ve got growers that we buy it from. … We don’t need a government regulation to tell us this is good pot and that is bad pot. We don’t need any of that.”
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