We are Not Cheech and Chong Stoners


Does Hippie Culture Have a Spot in the New Cannabis two. Planet?

Steve DeAngelo Sounds Off on Hippie Culture and Does it Match in Cannabis two.? from CannabisNet on Vimeo.



Steve DeAngelo believes the planet wants hippie culture now much more than ever!

Does hippie culture stand a likelihood in the new cannabis two. planet?  We brought up the query in an write-up not too long ago that wondered if Tommy Chong finds it bittersweet that on one particular hand we praise his previous characters in Cheech and Chong motion pictures, but on the other hand, a lot of cannabis customers will swear they are not “Cheech and Chong” and lazy stoners.  The query I got to pose to Steve DeAngelo not too long ago associated to this write-up and regardless of whether or not Tommy Chong would have to fall on the sword with his portion characters in order to have Chong’s Selection cannabis merchandise to be in a position to ship across a state line, aka, complete Federal legalization. 



The write-up about Cheech and Chong pointed out that the similar cannabis supporters will praise Tommy Chong and all the function he has completed all through his life for cannabis advocacy out of one particular side of their month, and an hour later, they will say they are not at all like the Cheech and Chong stoner stereotype.  They will say they have jobs, exercise, are fantastic parents, and contributing members of society.  So, is it bittersweet or how does Tommy really feel that the new cannabis two. culture is denying their partnership to his Cheech and Chong characters as they push tougher and tougher for Federal legalization?


When I got to ask Steve DeAngelo about this theory, it got interpreted by Steve, who had just provided a keynote speak at CanEx Jamaica about how the planet wants the hippie culture of peace and really like much more than ever correct now, as if I was asking if hippie culture itself had to be killed off in order to get Federal legalization.  Steve is a quite emotional guy and believes passionately about the cannabis plant, and has completed the time to prove it, no pun intended.  Whilst the answer became much more emotional about hippie culture in common, the original query was just about what he believed about Tommy Chong and how Federal legalization may well not occur with a Republican-led Senate till we bury the Cheech and Chong stereotype.  Either way, it is a fantastic and emotional answer by Steve DeAngelo about exactly where hippie culture fits in with the present cannabis two. “we are not like that” rhetoric.


Take a listen.  You can study his complete answer under the video.

Steve DeAngelo Sounds Off on Hippie Culture and Does it Match in Cannabis two.? from CannabisNet on Vimeo.


Steve DeAngelo:  [crosstalk 00:00:00] I will give you one particular story that encapsulates it. Correct. 1996 immediately after the passage of Prop 215 in California 4 former U.S. lawyer generals flew out to California, which includes Bill Clinton’s lawyer common and they held a press conference and they known as healthcare cannabis, Cheech and Chong medicine. Yeah, correct. Okay.

So now I want to go to all of the households who have epileptic young children who are not having seizers any longer. I want to go to all the households of cancer individuals whose tumors stopped increasing. I want to go to all of the household members of Alzheimer’s individuals whose symptoms have been alleviated. I want to go to all of the sufferers of arthritis who can use their hands once again. Correct. Cheech and Chong medicine turns out it performs quite damn nicely.

So no, here’s the point. Any fool can develop, not any fool, but anyone can develop cannabis anyplace in the planet. But what we had in the counter culture and what the Rastafarians have right here in Jamaica is a culture that has sat with this plant, that is taken this seriously. It is discovered the lessons that it has to supply and have incorporated into our lives. And the values of the counter culture are values that are desperately necessary in the planet currently. Extending tolerance, correct, much more respect for nature, resolving disputes much more peacefully, possessing respect for creativity alternatively of conformity. These are wonderful values. Adore more than hate, peace more than function. These are the values that the planet desperately wants now.

So no, I never believe that Cheech and Chong have something to be ashamed of. And their humor was forged at a time of prohibition. And below prohibition, one particular of the points that occurred is that we have been surrounded by adverse pictures. Everyone in the planet was telling us that we are irresponsible, that we have been lazy, that we have been dirty, that our minds have been rotten. That we have been depraved. And… Exactly where was I going with that?

Speaker two:   We have been depraved.

Steve DeAngelo:  Yeah, yeah, yeah. No, I got the depraved portion, I lost the portion that came just before that.

Curt:   So Tommy attempted, Steve DeAngelo is saying [crosstalk 00:02:48].

Steve DeAngelo: No, it is the truth that they are humor was forged in this crucible of prohibition. Okay. And the external influences on us in the course of prohibition have been all about… If we had taken them seriously, we would have finish up hating ourselves. Okay. So we had to somehow be in a position to laugh at it. We just had to somehow be prepared to take all of this negativity and use the humor to deflect it so that we retain on going on.

And so yeah, some of the stuff that they did, reflected stereotypes that are not seriously accurate about cannabis shoppers. Correct. But we have been possessing these stereotypes laid on us so, so heavily that the only way that we could shake them off of our back was by laughing. And Cheech and Chong gave us that. I never ever ever felt like Cheech and Chong have been laughing at us.

Curt:   Oh, no.

Steve DeAngelo:  I often felt they have been laughing with us. Correct. So I know, I imply, folks who say that we have to strip the counter culture values away from cannabis. So what, we require significantly less really like in the planet currently. We want significantly less peace in the planet currently. We want significantly less colour and flavor and freedom and nature in the planet currently. I never believe so.

Curt:  I’m going to watch, Up in Smoke, I got to go.


Do not be concerned, Steve nonetheless loves us!

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