Tommy Chong of the famed stoner duo Cheech and Chong, is fighting a battle with Prostate Cancer. Chong revealed his illness on CNN to host Don Lemon on Saturday night. Tommy Chong is best known for his wild antics in the crazy stoner comedies that Cheech and Chong used to make.
Chong said in the interview that he was officially diagnosed about a month ago. His current prognosis is pretty decent considering he is currently battling a “Slow Stage One”. Chong said he first noticed his symptoms when he was serving time at the Taft Correctional Institution. He was sentenced at the time in California for illegally selling drug paraphernalia.
Chong says he is pretty sure his time in the Prison is what made his health go south.
When speaking of the Prison Tommy Chong said,
“The prison is built on toxic waste. I also got gout from the food there,”
Chong was doing an interview with CNN to talk about his positions on the legalization of marijuana. Chong is a strong advocate for its use for medicinal as well as recreational use. He plans on treating his illness with hemp oil, a form of marijuana.
“I’ve got prostate cancer, and 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 that he had been completely sober for more than three years and that is when he noticed his health problems getting worse.
Chong also said that he completely gave up smoking pot more than a year ago and only ingests hemp oil. He says he only does it at night so he won’t be high all day.