Tommy Chong: Cannabis Icon and Entrepreneur

   

Cannabis cultural icon Tommy Chong has had his ups and downs over the years, in many ways his journey is very fitting for the cannabis community. Getting his big breaks in standup comedy and movie roles that centered on cannabis culture, Tommy was an entrepreneur during more “gray market” days that landed him an unjust stint in federal prison and now he has launched his own brand of cannabis that is now sold legally in Washington State.

From Celebstoner:

The first celebrity to bring his or her branded marijuana strains to the market in 2016 is none other than CelebStoner of the Year Tommy Chong.

He tweeted: “This is part of my new line and it’s shipping next week. It is sold in Washington. More coming soon!”

Tommy Chong pot will be available at 16 Washington location, including NiMBiN Pot Shop at 10861 1st Ave. So. in Seattle, WA. (It’s named after the counterculture area of Australia.) Check out the list of shops and map here.

I have never had the opportunity to meet Tommy Chong and am very much looking forward to seeing his celebrity interview with Celebstoner’s Steve Bloom at the International Cannabis Business Conference, where the first 500 ticket purchasers will even have the opportunity to party with the legend.

Chong has been laughed at (and with), ridiculed and targeted by prohibitionists, battled cancer and was even disinvited from lobbying for federal change by cannabis industry advocates. Throughout it all, Chong has persevered and even thrived and looks to be taking on the business world just about better than ever. If his cannabis strains and many other business ventures succeed, like I imagine they will, I bet that Tommy Chong can look back at the gains of the cannabis community, the entirety of his career achievements, and have himself the last laugh.

 

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.