Tommy Chong Chimes In On Marijuana Legalization, Says Obama Won’t Interfere And Users Won’t Miss The Old Days [VIDEO]
By Tom Herrmann | December 7, 2012 6:50 AM EST
After the recreational use of marijuana was made legal in both Washington state and Colorado, people have been wondering what states, if any, will allow their citizens to smoke pot in the privacy of their own homes. Tommy Chong, best known for his role in the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, has made statements on the subject.
Chong is an established marijuana activist, among other things, and he has shared his opinion on how the president will handle the legalization, what will become of the Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, and how long time users will look back at the days when pot was illegal.
In an interview on Current TV's "The Young Turks," the weed icon boldly claimed that he believes the president will take it easy on pot users in states that have legalized the drug and that the DEA will dissolve.
“It’s going to legalize hemp, it’s also going to empty the jails, and we’re probably going to disban the DEA,” said Chong about the long-term results of legalizing marijuana. When asked if he thought the trend would spread to other states, Chong replied, “Oh, absolutely. Washington and Colorado -- they’re just the toe into the water. The whole body is following.”
Show host and interviewer Cenk Uygur brought up the fact that President Barack Obama’s administration has taken a hard stance against illegal substances and could crack down from a federal level. Chong remains optimistic, however, citing that without an upcoming presidential election, Obama is less likely to step in.
“He is also a black guy from Hawaii that used to surf,” Chong said about the president.
Chong also took part in the “All Things Considered” podcast on NPR with Audie Cornish, which had a lighter tone. There, it was less about the law and more about the social aspect, with the weed enthusiast saying he’d move to both Colorado and Washington now that pot is legal in both states.
The biggest thing that came out of the interview was when Chong said that potheads wouldn’t miss the old days when it was against the law to take part in their favorite recreational activity.
"Going to jail [as he has] and being arrested by cops and being hassled ... is never fun," he said. "There's nothing glamorous ... that we're going to miss."
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
- Kate Middleton's Pregnancy Hearsays: Possible Evidence Revealed [PHOTOS]
- Selena Gomez Turns 22 Today, Celebrates Early without Justin Bieber: Top 12 Interesting Facts About the Singer [SEE PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- The Burka Avenger Educates Children While Fighting For Girls' Education Rights In New Pakistan TV Show
- Christopher Walken To Play Mob Boss In Film Adaptation Of Four Seasons Musical 'Jersey Boys'
- William Cantrell Mistakes Human Ashes For Cocaine, May Have Snorted Remains
- Giant Alligator Eats 80-Pound Dog In North Carolina, Gator May Still Be Alive
- Steve McQueen's Last Ride, 1952 Custom Chevy Pickup Truck, Hits The Auction Block
- Fresh Leak Hints iPhone 6 Price and Release Date; 4.7-Inches iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Scratched in Test; New Spigen Cases Out
- iPhone 6 2014 Release Date Very Soon as Apple Orders 120M New iPhones from Foxconn – Report
- Google Nexus 6 on Release Date Will Sport 2K Display Panel & Lower Price Tag – Report
- Motorola Moto G Vs. Xiaomi Mi3 – Low in Price, High -level Features
- FCC Approves Sony Xperia Z3 for U.S. Market
- Killer Xiaomi Mi4 at $369 Likely to Come With 5.0-Inch Display, Snapdragon 801 Processor, 3GB RAM and More
- Sony PlayStation 4 Outsells a Resurgent Xbox One in June