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Tommy Chong Talks Cheech & Chong Delivery Systems, Old and New

Tommy Chong dispenses wisdom and the word on Cheech & Chong’s brand of weed.

Smoking more now but getting high less? The iconic comedy duo Cheech and Chong have always had a solution. The very names Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin are synonymous with weed culture. When The Simpsons ran an episode on dispensaries being legalized in Springfield, they referred to stoners as “Cheech and Chongs.” The pair won’t be selling out of the back of an ice cream truck, like they did in Nice Dreams. Cheech & Chong are doing it legal. They even got a license.

Together with Five Point Holdings, they will license the Cheech & Chong Brand to open dispensaries. Right now they’re going for licenses in California, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois and Washington. The dispensaries will feature cannabis products from both Tommy Chong’s Cannabis and Cheech’s Stash brands. The outlets will also be the first place to purchase Cheech and Chong clothing and memorabilia.

The duo goes back to the late 1960s. Chong had been the guitarist and songwriter for the Vancouvers, a Canadian band signed to Motown. When the band broke up he formed the improvisational group City Works. Southern Californian Mexican-American Richard “Cheech” Marin moved to Canada to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War and joined the group. They rolled weed culture in a big bambu, toured and recorded massively successful albums. Their bits altered the consciousness and the history of standup comedy at a time when the art form was going through some of its most expansive and experimental period.

Their movies – Up in Smoke (1978), Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980), and Nice Dreams (1981) – most of which were directed by Chong, lampooned the legal limits imposed on marijuana, and defined the paranoia which surrounded pot for non-white smokers. Cheech went on to direct, write, collect art and act in more than 20 films, including Once Upon A Time In Mexico, and television series like Nash Bridges, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy. Chong did a regular stint on Fox’s That 70’s Show and an irregular one at the Taft Correctional Institution. He’d gotten caught in a government sting on drug paraphernalia in 2003, signed a plea deal to protect his family and served nine months. Chong consistently promoted the medicinal benefits of marijuana while battling prostate cancer, touted its recreational values and fought for its decriminalization.

Tommy Chong dispenses wisdom and the word on Cheech & Chong's brand of weed.

Tommy Chong’s Cannabis

Shango is the exclusive grower for the premium line of Tommy Chong’s Cannabis recreational and medical marijuana products in Oregon and Nevada.

Tommy Chong’s Choice features top-shelf indica, sativa and hybrid flower in grams, eighths and quarters as well as an incredible indica-dominant shatter in grams.

Tommy Chong’s Cannabis XJ-13 is considered one of the most powerful strains in Nevada and Oregon. The THC percentage is exceptionally high in Tommy Chong’s Cannabis strains, along with potent terpenes that give Tommy Chong’s marijuana its distinctive taste. Drop by any of our Shango locations in Oregon and Nevada to get your Tommy Chong’s premium cannabis, the same as Tommy smokes. Tommy has made frequent appearances at Shango dispensaries. The legendary movie icon is revered in the cannabis world for his dedication to growing the best flower. Shango has the exclusive rights to his strains, which are big sellers at each Shango outlet. Tommy Chong has become a marijuana activist and supports legalizing the plant’s use. He is a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture Magazine and sits on the NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) advisory board. Shango is proud to call Tommy part of the family.

Shango is the exclusive grower for Tommy Chong's Cannabis flowers & shatters. Visit us online or in-store for Tommy Chong's choice of recreational marijuana. ]]>