Tommy Chong: I Have Cancer
Comedian says he's in treatment, using cannabis more than ever
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2015 10:43 AM CDT
This April 18, 2013 file photo shows Tommy Chong at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – One half of Cheech and Chong is turning to his favorite drug as he undergoes treatment for cancer. Comedian Tommy Chong tells Us Weekly he was recently diagnosed with rectal cancer and "I'm using cannabis like crazy now, more so than ever before." Chong battled prostate cancer in 2012—with help from cannabis, of course—and adds: "Either I get healed or I don't. But either way, I'm going to make sure I get a little edge off." Chong, 77, has been a vocal advocate of medicinal pot, after making a career as a pot-smoking funnyman with Cheech Marin.