Tommy Chong might have made a career off making jokes that appeal to stoners, but to him the fact that marijuana hasn’t been legalized is no laughing matter. He opens up in a new interview about how the government can make a big chunk of change by making pot a legal drug.
“Look at the situation we’re in now. Sequesters. Cuts. Everything cut across the board. Now, the government is tapped into the biggest cash crop in the world,” Chong tells The Philadelphia Daily News. “There’s little manufacturing cost. You don’t have to do anything except watch it grow and get a couple of hippies to cut it and then put it in a bag.”
He adds, “Hemp itself is going to save the world.”
Chong echoed similar sentiments in an interview with IFC, saying the United States is missing out on “a ton of money” because marijuana isn’t legal nationwide.
“It’s a scam, see. They started the DEA, Nixon started it with an executive order, and they’ve spent some trillions of dollars fighting the weed and then haven’t even made a dent,” he said. “All they did [is spread it], and they affected the whole world. The whole world’s been upset. That’s one of the reasons we have wars — alcohol-fueled, fear-fueled, oil-based wars. If you let the potheads take over, which we’re doing, we’re the meek that will inherit the world.”