Tommy Chong: I forgive reformed anti-weed cops
If there is any de-facto spokesperson for pot smokers everywhere, it'd be Tommy Chong and his comedy partner Cheech Marin, who together have for decades been joking, singing, preaching, and advocating about marijuana. So as police in Seattle try to bury the hatchet with potheads after Washington state voters legalized marijuana, are the smokers ready to pass the proverbial peace pipe?
"Absolutely," Chong said in an interview with Salon, when asked if he'd forgive police for years of harassment of nonviolent smokers. "I understand. You make mistakes, and when you correct your mistakes, you're forgiven... Let bygones be bygones."
The world is changing and police have to get on board, he said, so he's encouraged to see that the police in the Seattle are showing up at Hempfest and reaching out with education campaigns that are accessible and humorous. "And don't forget that there's probably a huge number of cops that smoke pot themselves, so they're just doing what they're getting paid to do. That's all," he said.