He'll forever be remembered as a bumbling stoner stereotype. But Tommy Chong's contributions to cannabis culture go far beyond the Cheech and Chong movies and albums. He now sits on NORML's Advisory Board, he pushed against Disney's censorship by promoting pot on "Dancing with the Stars," he hosts the talk show "Almost Legal with Tommy Chong," and he's endorsed Bernie Sanders for president (a.k.a. "Commander in Kush"):
"Cheech and Chong" star @TommyChong backs @BernieSanders, calling him "commander in Kush" https://t.co/xSfaecbPll pic.twitter.com/SYplcWJu0s
— Intl. Business Times (@IBTimes) January 12, 2016
He's also throwing his support behind MI Legalize, an initiative to make legalization a 2016 ballot question in Michigan. Chong feels very strongly that cannabis should be legalized through ballot measures like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He doesn't want it legalized through the state legislature as Vermont has proposed.
"The best programs come from the people, not the politicians," Chong says in a campaign ad. "And that's why I support the MILegalize proposal."
And here's Tommy Chong's MI Legalize ad: