*Comedian Tommy Chong, one-half of the Cheech and Chong, announced on CNN that he is suffering from prostate cancer.
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Chong, also the father of actress Rae Dawn Chong, told CNN’s Don Lemon that he was diagnosed about a month ago, but he’s had the cancer — a “slow Stage 1″ — for “a long time.” The 74-year-old has been treating it with hemp oil and revealed his diagnosis to support the decriminalization of marijuana use and sales.
“I’ve got prostate cancer, and I’m treating it with hemp oil, with cannabis,” Chong said. “So [legalizing marijuana] means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested.”
Chong first noticed symptoms eight years ago when he was jailed for selling drug paraphernalia. He said he started having prostate-related problems when he was drug-free for three years. “So I know it had nothing to do with cannabis,” he said. “Cannabis is a cure.”
Chong, however, specified that he does not smoke marijuana to treat his cancer, but rather ingests the hemp oil “at night, so I won’t be woozy all day. …I’m taking it as a medicine.”
*It must be the season of discontent as far as Hollywood ex-es are concerned. First Mary & Steve, then Halle and Gabriel and now Patti and Cheech as in Cheech Marin and Patti Heid.
Well, it sure seems that way ’cause TMZ is reporting that one half of the old Cheech and Chong comedy duo has had a restraining order put on him by the former Mrs Marin.
Cheech Marin’s ex-wife filed a restraining order against the comedian, after he allegedly screamed at her, “F**k you, bitch” … and she claims there was plenty of violence before the incident.
The divorce dealings between the two has clearly turned nuclear. According to Patti Heid, she and Cheech had worked out a deal for transferring property, but she decided not to sign. According to Heid, Cheech screamed, “F**k you, bitch. I’m taking you to court,” then followed her onto her property.
In the docs, Heid claims Cheech “fractured my cheek, blackened my eye and violently choked me causing severe bruising on my neck and neck pain … numbing of my arms and hands.”
Heid also claims Cheech choked their son.
The judge rejected her claim for an immediate, temporary restraining order and set the matter for a hearing in two weeks.
No comment from Cheech.