Legendary Stoner Comic Diagnosed With Cancer

Jun 11, 2012  •  Post A Comment

One half of the famous stoner comedy team Cheech and Chong has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, The Huffington Post reports. Tommy Chong told CNN’s Don Lemon the news during a Saturday night broadcast.

The disease is in "a slow stage one," Chong said.

Chong, 74, added: "I’m treating it with hemp oil, with cannabis. So [legalizing marijuana] means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested. So I know [the cancer] had nothing to do with cannabis. Cannabis is a cure."

Chong said he quit smoking marijuana about a year ago. The report adds: “He revealed he first noticed symptoms nearly eight years ago during his nine-month sentence at Taft Correctional Institution in California, adding that he believes the prison caused his health to take a turn for the worse.

Chong told CNN: "The prison is built on toxic waste. I also got gout from the food there.”

The story adds: “Chong and his on-screen partner Cheech Marin are the original stoner duo, best known for their big screen adventure ‘Up In Smoke,’ which was followed by several films detailing their zany antics. A longtime and vocal supporter of legalizing marijuana, Chong has written several books, including ‘The I Chong: Meditations from the Joint,’ and most recently lent his voice to the animated feature ‘Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.’"

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