A stoner looks at 80: Comedian, marijuana advocate Tommy Chong reflects on his career
LOS ANGELES – Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping the country. Not even in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia. So much so that when the High Priest of Stoner Comedy turns 80 on Thursday – that’s right, 80 – he expects his Chong’s Choice brand of marijuana, available in legal dispensaries in several states, will be consumed in abundance at the parties his family is planning. Not that he was ever a heavy pot user, Chong says, just a consistent connoisseur. When no other hits followed, Motown dropped the group, and the Canadian-born Chong returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he ran a pair of strip clubs with his brother.
Motown had helped Chong obtain a green card, and the two headed to fame and fortune in Los Angeles. On a recent early morning, Chong answers the door for a photo shoot at his longtime home in the hills overlooking L.A.’s wealthy Brentwood section, arriving in gray jeans, sandals and a black T-shirt advertising the name of a Colorado cannabis dispensary he recently visited. As a photographer sets up, Chong polishes off a breakfast of oatmeal topped with sliced banana. Chong, whose father emigrated from China before World War II, mostly identifies culturally as Chinese, although he’s equally proud of his Scotch, Irish and Native American ancestry from his mother’s side. More than just a stoner comedian, he’s been a passionate marijuana advocate for decades.
Before the pair’s bitter 1980s breakup, Cheech and Chong dominated comedy for 15 years. Those efforts generally ended in angry, insult-laden exchanges until 10 years ago when Paris Chong intervened.
Stoner Flicks: These Are The 21 Greatest ’90s Movies Inspired By Weed
Today, new stoner comedies pop up in DVD rental boxes and on streaming video services with the ubiquity of medical dispensaries in just-legalized shopping districts. In retrospect, the ten years when alternative rock reigned and hip-hop soared-each fueled by weed fumes-also produced the stoner movie classics we talk about most when we talk about stoner movie classics. Director Richard Linklatter guides a soon-to-be all-star cast through the last day of high school in 1976. Doobs blaze in the Austin heat while a killer stoner rock soundtrack intoxicates all involved, end-to-end. As outrageous as the situations around our high heroes get, they never lose their hip-hop cool.
Their slapstick marijuana misadventures prove riotously funny, as do cameos by Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Tommy Chong, Tracy Morgan, and Bob Saget. Jeff Bridges as The Dude may stand as stoner cinema’s single most towering toke-it-up icon. The Coen brothers’ brilliantly pot-bent take on LA film noir also makes clear how marijuana makes even the most crackpot capers come off as plausible-and hilarious. The director debuts himself as Silent Bob opposite Jason Mewes as his perma-stoned best bud, Jay, in the first of many big-screen crack-ups. What makes it stoner gold is Brad Pitt as Floyd, a high AF laid-back charmer forever clutching the sweet bong he crafted from a bear-shaped honey jar.
Billy Bob Thornton is a blast as a Northern California weed harvester whose simple operation explodes into comedic chaos after his big boss gets knocked off by the mob. Chong, sans Cheech, wrote, directed, and starred in this trippy road romp.
Who is Joe Rogan? Comedian revealed after Elon Musk smokes weed on his podcast show
Elon Musk created quite a stir when he appeared on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast Thursday night, smoking weed and sipping whiskey. Joe and Elon also shared some whiskey before the controversial tech genius launched into a tirade about a past meeting he took with President Obama. Joe has been criticized for having Elon on the podcast and the behaviour the two exhibited during their chat. Elon recently falsely claimed he was privatizing Tesla in a deal with Saudi Arabia and doubled down on calling a Thai rescue diver a pedophile. ‘Black kids are still being arrested for smoking weed in many of America’s cities, but Elon Musk and Joe Rogan are sitting here smoking blunts on camera in California. Another said: ‘By ignoring every Elon Musk controversy, Joe Rogan is implicitly saying they don’t matter.
Elon Musk appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Thursday. During the interview, Elon smoked marijuana and drank whiskey while talking about Tesla, his other projects, personal and business connections and his childhood. For much of the interview, Elon appeared to be rambling. The company has lost a quarter of its value since August 7, the same day Elon tweeted that he’d arranged funding to privatize Tesla. Elon and Joe also discussed the threat of artificial intelligence.
Elon Musk’s net worth is reportedly about $19billion.
Here Are The 11 Stages People Who Can’t Handle Weed Go Through When They Get High
I’ve tried, many times, and every time, I end up regretting it with every part of my soul. If you’re like me, you might be able to relate to the stages I’ve gone every time I’ve ever been high. LIL DICKY – TOO HIGH / YOUTUBE. They’re having the time of their life, in fact. CYRIAK / YOUTUBE.
But I realize I’m way higher than I originally thought. UGLY BETTY / ABC. Yeah, it’s just weed, but I see and hear things that aren’t there when I’m high. Stage 4: Someone tries to talk to me and it goes terribly. MODERN FAMILY / ABC.
Please go away stoned feeling. Stage 6: Mid freakout, my friends realize I’m not okay. MAD MEN / AMC. Anxiety is at an all time high and I can’t even remember what I was thinking about two minutes ago. Stage 7: Now I believe all conspiracies I’ve ever heard.
Parks And Recreation / NBC. Life hack: curling up can protect you from bears and bad highs. I can feel my senses returning to me and the fear and anxiety are washed away and I feel like I’m finally crawling out of the pit of despair.