Actor, comedian, author and Pot Icon Tommy Chong's California-based company, Chong's Glass, was raided by federal officials on February 25, 2003, as part of a federal crackdown on "drug-related paraphernalia." Tommy Chong pleaded guilty to charges of distributing drug paraphernalia in May and on September 11, 2003, was sentenced to nine months in Federal Prison, fined US$20,000, and forced to forfeit US$120,000 in assets. He served the time between October 8, 2003 and July 7, 2004.
Tommy speaks about his experience during an August 2008 interview with Time Magazine:
"The government did not like the fact that I was advertising bongs or that my son's company was advertising bongs in High Times. So they started a thing called "Operation Pipe Dreams." And in my case, they wanted me. They felt I was the leader so they wanted to put me in jail to make a statement. There's a biblical saying that I kind of go by, I think Jesus may have said it, it goes: "Resist not evil." In other words, don't give it any energy. And that's what I did when I went to jail. My going to jail was the biggest statement I could have made for the legalization of pot. Way more than any kind of speeches or protesting or anything like that. But the fact that I went to jail for a bong — for a glass bong — to me that was a bigger statement."
The actions of the Criminal "Justice" System are unconscionable. What is this, Salem and Witch Hunts?
Although Tommy Chong will probably never read this, I would like to say "Thank You, Mr. Chong. Thank You for sacrificing time out of you life for others to see the pure insanity, the madness, that results from Prohibition."
Hmmm...... maybe that's why "Dave's not here" - he's probably been tossed in jail for selling Rolling Papers.....