Tommy Chong, one of the more recognizable names in the cannabis industry. You've probably heard the name from Cheech and Chong, or know him as Leo from the classic comedy That 70's Show. Chong was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1938, making him 80 years old today.
In 2003, the DEA executed "Operation Pipe Dreams." The reasoning behind the operation was to restrict people from selling any type of paraphernalia. The government made 55 arrests, yet the only person to serve time, was Tommy, due to his popular Chong Glass. This operation cost the government 12 million dollars, while the only thing to come out of it was Chong's one season absence from That 70's show.
Today, Chong loves that Canada has finally legalized cannabis, especially since we have accomplished this before the United States. It was in 1957 when Chong smoked his first joint, as it was given to him along with a Lenny Bruce record at a jazz club. From then until now, it has been one insane journey for Tommy Chong.
Thank you to Tommy Chong and all you have done to change perspectives on cannabis. Comment below your favourite Tommy Chong movie or show!