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    TORONTO (Reuters) - Comedian Tommy Chong has spent almost three decades wringing laughs from cigar-sized joints and smoke-filled vans but now a nine-month jail term has turned him serious and revitalized his flagging career.

    Promoting his documentary "a/k/a Tommy Chong" at the Toronto International Film Festival, he hopes the film will expose what he says is the U.S. government's heavy-handed dealing with marijuana offenders in the post-September 11 era.

    "The United States is under martial law, it's under dictatorship," the 67-year-old father of four said in an interview.

    The film chronicles the Canadian-born comedian's 2003 arrest and imprisonment for selling drug paraphernalia online to an undercover U.S. drug enforcement agent.

    The bust was part of a sting operation known as "Operation Pipe Dreams," which the film likens to a witch hunt by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft following claims that drug trafficking financed terrorist activities.

    The film's producers say the federal government spent $12 million pursuing Chong and compare that to the $25 million bounty for the capture of Osama bin Laden.

    Chong has been an outspoken marijuana advocate since his days in the Cheech and Chong comedy team, which rode pot culture to fame in the 1970s with films like "Up in Smoke" and "Still Smokin."

    The documentary suggests the government's motive was not to rid the Internet of a mail-order pipe-and-bong business but to send a message about Chong's three decades of movies and stand-up routines celebrating marijuana use.

    "DEA AFRAID"

    "The DEA was afraid that 'Up in Smoke' (the 1978 movie that made Cheech and Chong a household name) was going to be around forever and ever subverting young kids," Chong said. "Now, we've got this documentary that's going to be around forever."

    Faced with the prospect of seeing his wife and son -- who was running the pipe business -- being prosecuted, Chong said he made a deal to serve nine months in a minimum-security prison.

    "It was easier for me to go to jail and do the time than it would be to fight," he said.

    Since his release in 2004, Chong has worked the ordeal into his comedy routines and has been enjoying a larger stage than in his recent past.

    "Jay Leno is a good example," he said. "He had me on the 'Tonight Show' before but just for little peripheral things, never on the couch, and when this happened, now I've been on the couch twice now."

    "It's like the weed culture. You just wait, it'll change. Everything changes. Bush won't be in power forever, Ashcroft is already gone. There's going to be another cycle and it's going to go the other way."
    "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

    "This is a lttle prayer dedicated to the separation of church and state. I guess if they are going to force those kids to pray in schools they might as well have a nice prayer like this: Our Father who art in heaven, and to the republic for which it stands, thy kingdom come, one nation indivisible as in heaven, give us this day as we forgive those who so proudly we hail. Crown thy good into temptation but deliver us from the twilight's last gleaming. Amen and Awomen. ."

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    I'm excited to see this.
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    You know, while I agree that the governments pursuit of Tommy Chong and marijuana in general is futile and misguided, maybe he shouldn't be selling bongs over the internet. If he is going to use pot and be so open about it, then he needs to be prepared to pay the concequences.

    Everyone Knows we are dealing with an irrational administration who only awnsers to big oil and the religious right. So maybe Tommy Chong should just lay low for awhile until some sort of sanity is restored to our government.

    In the end, Tommy Chong has no one to blame for his incarceration but himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie's Little Monster
    You know, while I agree that the governments pursuit of Tommy Chong and marijuana in general is futile and misguided, maybe he shouldn't be selling bongs over the internet. If he is going to use pot and be so open about it, then he needs to be prepared to pay the concequences.

    Everyone Knows we are dealing with an irrational administration who only awnsers to big oil and the religious right. So maybe Tommy Chong should just lay low for awhile until some sort of sanity is restored to our government.

    In the end, Tommy Chong has no one to blame for his incarceration but himself.
    Uhhh, the law that Chong was prosecuted under was passed by te Clinton DOJ. The drug laws in this country have been stupid since 1969, when Bush was using them in College.

    And if you've been paying attention, the Bush admin doesn't seem to answer to anybody. Big oil told him NOT to invade Iraq. The religous right aren't happy with his choice of attorney General or the Supreme Court.
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    If 'ya want to light it up.......Light 'em up!
    Screw all this political crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopTimi
    If 'ya want to light it up.......Light 'em up!
    Screw all this political crap.

    Amen, brother! Time to spark one and head to the bus for some tacos! Oh dammit, they're closed on Sunday...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge
    Amen, brother! Time to spark one and head to the bus for some tacos! Oh dammit, they're closed on Sunday...
    Whattabout burritos??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300
    Uhhh, the law that Chong was prosecuted under was passed by te Clinton DOJ.
    Since when did the DOJ acquire the right to pass laws? Maybe I'm missing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Shark
    Since when did the DOJ acquire the right to pass laws? Maybe I'm missing something.

    Free Tommy!
    My bad, I meant laws passed by Congress, signed into law by Bush1 and Clinton. Then gleefully enforced by the Clinton DOJ and theire 100,000 new (undertrained) police officers.

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    It's bad for a guy to sell plastic bongs over the internet, but the govt. will let any terrorist and illegal alien make his way across our border and not hassle him. Not only that, they'll probably get public assistance for their troubles. That's the American way!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACK
    It's bad for a guy to sell plastic bongs over the internet, but the govt. will let any terrorist and illegal alien make his way across our border and not hassle him. Not only that, they'll probably get public assistance for their troubles. That's the American way!!
    We'll also change all of our publications, signs and other media just so's they won't feel uncomfortable in a foreign land; we'll also work on legislation to give them the greenlight to work here and take away jobs from the real (and legal) citizens in the promised land of the good ol' USA!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc
    We'll also change all of our publications, signs and other media just so's they won't feel uncomfortable in a foreign land; we'll also work on legislation to give them the greenlight to work here and take away jobs from the real (and legal) citizens in the promised land of the good ol' USA!!
    Well, that's only the proper thing to do now, isn't it??

    Let's stop political correctness in our time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACK
    Well, that's only the proper thing to do now, isn't it??

    Let's stop political correctness in our time!
    Uhh, okay.

    What do we do now??
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