Tommy Chong on California Marijuana Legalization: 1 Ounce, 6 Plants, It Doesn’t Matter, Just Decriminalize It


My conversation with Tommy Chong at the International Cannabis Business Conference began with his thoughts on the candidacy of Donald Trump, who Chong believes “personifies the Republican Party.”

In Part 2 of our interview, Chong talks about how rich people like Donald Trump lose contact with the real world. Chong also tells a hilarious anecdote about racism in prison and weighs in on the various initiatives to legalize marijuana in California.

Chong seems to endorse all efforts to legalize marijuana, just so long as it is not excessively taxed.

In Part 3, Chong talks about the Black Lives Matter movement and parallels to being a “hunted animal” as a marijuana consumer.  Chong also goes into how the law enforcement system is addicted to the money they make through prohibition.

Russ Belville

"Radical" Russ Belville is a blogger, podcaster, and host of The Russ Belville Show, a daily two-hour talk radio show focused on the evolution of the legal marijuana industry in the United States. The program is airing live at 3pm Pacific Time from Portland, Oregon, on, with podcast available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. Russ began his marijuana activism in 2005 with Oregon NORML, then in 2009 went on to work for National NORML, and found and direct Portland 2015.