We are Not Cheech and Chong Stoners


Does Hippie Culture Have a Location in the New Cannabis two. Globe?

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 a lot more than ever!

Does hippie culture stand a likelihood in the new cannabis two. planet?  We brought up the query in an post not too long ago that wondered if Tommy Chong finds it bittersweet that on a single hand we praise his previous characters in Cheech and Chong films, however on the other hand, quite a few 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 connected to this post and irrespective of whether or not Tommy Chong would have to fall on the sword with his portion characters in order to have Chong’s Option cannabis goods to be in a position to ship across a state line, aka, complete Federal legalization. 



The post about Cheech and Chong pointed out that the exact same cannabis supporters will praise Tommy Chong and all the operate he has performed all through his life for cannabis advocacy out of a single 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 a lot more than ever appropriate now, as if I was asking if hippie culture itself had to be killed off in order to get Federal legalization.  Steve is a incredibly emotional guy and believes passionately about the cannabis plant, and has performed the time to prove it, no pun intended.  Whilst the answer became a lot more emotional about hippie culture in basic, the original query was just about what he believed about Tommy Chong and how Federal legalization may possibly not come about with a Republican-led Senate till we bury the Cheech and Chong stereotype.  Either way, it is a amazing 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 beneath 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 a single story that encapsulates it. Ideal. 1996 soon after the passage of Prop 215 in California 4 former U.S. lawyer generals flew out to California, like Bill Clinton’s lawyer basic and they held a press conference and they known as healthcare cannabis, Cheech and Chong medicine. Yeah, appropriate. Okay.

So now I want to go to all of the households who have epileptic kids who are not receiving 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 loved ones members of Alzheimer’s individuals whose symptoms had been alleviated. I want to go to all of the sufferers of arthritis who can use their hands once more. Ideal. Cheech and Chong medicine turns out it functions fairly damn effectively.

So no, here’s the issue. 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 required in the planet these days. Extending tolerance, appropriate, a lot more respect for nature, resolving disputes a lot more peacefully, obtaining respect for creativity as an alternative of conformity. These are terrific values. Adore more than hate, peace more than operate. These are the values that the planet desperately wants now.

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

Speaker two:   We had been depraved.

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

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

Steve DeAngelo: No, it really is the truth that they are humor was forged in this crucible of prohibition. Okay. And the external influences on us through prohibition had 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 correct about cannabis shoppers. Ideal. But we had been obtaining 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 in no way ever felt like Cheech and Chong had been laughing at us.

Curt:   Oh, no.

Steve DeAngelo:  I constantly felt they had been laughing with us. Ideal. So I know, I imply, persons 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 these days. We want significantly less peace in the planet these days. We want significantly less colour and flavor and freedom and nature in the planet these days. I never consider so.

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


Never be concerned, Steve nevertheless loves us!

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