In 2012, Tommy Chong announced during a CNN interview that he had prostate cancer. He made headlines again when, about a year later, he posted on a cannabis website that he is cancer-free and it is thanks to his treatment with high doses of cannabis oil.
Chong is best known for being one half of “Cheech & Chong,” the stoner comedy duo that includes Richard “Cheech” Marin. Together, the comedians made 12 movies and seven comedy albums from 1971 to 1990.
The first movie, “Up in Smoke” turned these funny stoners into cannabis counterculture icons. Now there’s talk of a last Cheech & Chong movie. Two decades after the last sequel, Chong ingratiated himself to another generation, playing the role of the lovable old hippie stoner Leo in Fox’s hit comedy “That 70’s Show.”
Unfortunately, he missed two seasons of the show during which he was tried and convicted of selling marijuana paraphernalia over the Internet, which is a crime in Pennsylvania. Now he’s back and he’s busy.
In a recent phone interview, THC Magazine talked to Tommy about the cancer and his treatment of it. We also discussed his relationship with Marisol Therapeutics cannabis dispensary, a new Cheech and Chong movie in the works, and how he helped Jordan Belfort, better known now as “The Wolf of Wall Street,” while they shared a jail cell.