Comic Tommy Chong has some serious news, he revealed over the weekend.
Having been officially diagnosed “about a month ago” with “slow stage-one [cancer that I’ve] had for a long time,” the 74-year-old said he first noticed symptoms about eight years ago, while he was behind bars for selling drug paraphernalia. During that period, he was drug-free for three years, he said.
“So I know it had nothing to do with cannabis,” he said. “Cannabis is a cure.” He also made the point that legalizing marijuana “means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested.”
Chong went on to say he no longer smokes marijuana, having quit about a year ago “for health reasons.” Because he’s not using it to fight his cancer, he says he is ingesting hemp oil “at night, so I won’t be woozy all day.”
“I’m taking it as a medicine,” he explained.