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U.S.: 'Almost Legal With Tommy Chong' Features Legendary Actor In New Series

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FilmOn Networks on Wednesday announced a new comedy series hosted by the legendary Cheech & Chong star, Tommy Chong, "Almost Legal With Tommy Chong."

The iconic actor, best-selling author, and Grammy-winning comedian will host an interview and sketch comedy show co-produced by FilmOn Networks and title sponsor WeedMaps. The series will be distributed by FilmOn.com, and air on FOTV over Dish Network.

"Almost Legal with Tommy Chong" is an irreverent take on the traditional late night talk show with celebrity interviews, sketch comedy and musical acts—he’s called it “a stoner’s version of Jon Stewart.” Chong will address, “anything that affects the pot smoker’s status in any way, negative or positive,” and that includes his own battle with cancer and salvation through medical marijuana.

Confirmed guests include Danny Trejo, Steve-O, Andy Milonakis, Garfunkel and Oates, Chef Roy Choi, Hannibal Buress and select guests provided by WeedMaps, such as major marijuana attorney Linda Held.

The show is written by veterans from "The Whitest Kids U’Kno" and "Late World with Zach Galifianakis." Chong’s production company Chongson is also co-producing. The series is directed by Tommy’s son, Paris Chong, executive produced by Eli Graham, written by Sam Brown, Joe Wagner, Kyle Williams and Eddie Ifft, and shot in Los Angeles.

U.S.: National Cannabis Industry Association Drops Tommy Chong As Spokesman

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Iconic stoner Tommy Chong has been dropped as a spokesman by pro-marijuana lobbying group the National Cannabis Industry Association.

According to NCIA Executive Director Aaron Smith, the pot lobby is tired of the Cheech & Chong stoner jokes and wants to be taken seriously in Congress, reports Burgess Everett at Politico. The cannabis industry reportedly wants to move past the stoner stereotypes represented by Chong as it tries to remake itself as a "serious suits segment" of the economy.

Smith, in a Monday email sent to Chong's representatives and allies, said that after feedback from "allied members of Congress," the group decided Chong wasn't its best representative in D.C., particularly when it comes to influencing right-wing lawmakers.

"Having Tommy out in D.C. for the NCIA Lobby Days will detract from the overall message we aim for with the event, which is that cannabis business people are regular professionals and relatable to the generally conservative members of Congress we are looking to appeal to," Smith wrote. "We are here to break 'stoner' stereotypes rather than reinforce them."

California: Marijuana Advocate Ed Rosenthal's Latest Book Is A Fundraiser For Weed Prisoners

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Guru of Ganja Ed Rosenthal's newest book, Beyond Buds, spreads the word on what the inner circle of marijuana aficionados knows about how to take their medicine. The book covers the rapid shift from smoking buds to vaping and dabbing concentrates or using marijuana infused products such as edibles and tinctures.

Whether you want to produce them or sample them, Beyond Buds is a guide for all -- what to look for, how to make them, and how to use them safely.

Way before the "Green Rush" that is accompanying current legalization, Rosenthal was one of the original marijuana entrepreneurs. Quick Trading, his publishing company, was always the first to provide the latest information on marijuana gardening, use and social policy. Its Big Book of Buds series delineated the differences of more than 400 varieties of cannabis.

Quick Trading is celebrating 40 years of changing marijuana policy one book at a time. True to their vision of justice, the anniversary and book release event is a fundraiser to support the early wave of medical marijuana reformers who are incarcerated in federal and state prisons.

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