Tommy Chong Fighting Cancer —With Cannabis
Comedian says he's got prostate cancer, treats it with hemp oil
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2012 11:34 AM CDT
Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin perform on stage during their “Light Up America” tour in Las Vegas, Saturday, May 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)
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(Newser) – Tommy Chong has prostate cancer, and he's using a very familiar weapon to fight it. "I'm treating it with hemp oil, with cannabis," he tells CNN. "So (legalizing marijuana) means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested." The comedian and other half of Cheech and Chong says he has "a slow stage one" that developed during three years in which he was drug-free. "So I know it had nothing to do with cannabis," he says. "Cannabis is a cure." But, for the record, Chong says he doesn't smoke pot anymore; rather, he takes hemp oil "at night, so I won't be woozy all day. I'm taking it as a medicine."