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Chong Makes It Bigger With the Cannabis Industry Today

Updated on September 14, 2018
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Comic duo Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong were icons during the ‘70s as they were known to infuse humor in the subject of recreational drug use. However, their love for cannabis has led to their entry into the industry.

In a telephone interview with Desert Sun, the “That ‘70s Show” actor says that he is breaking the bank from his booming marijuana business. It is generating more money than the pair’s classic movies, tours, comedy recordings and “Let’s Make A Dope Deal” routine.

Chong said that they had a limited audience back in their heydays. This was a big hurdle for the pair when it comes to making money. Now, with the increasing positivity and acceptance for marijuana, they can reach out to includes all those who are reaping the health benefits of the plant.

A few decades back, Chong started a bong business called Nice Dreams. However, the business had some troubles in 2003 when Mary Beth Buchanan, the U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania at the time, led an investigation targeting numerous individuals selling water pipes and other drug paraphernalia online. Not only was the business shut down, but he was also imprisoned and had to stop smoking marijuana as well.

While Chong loved marijuana for the euphoria back in the day, he now consumes it for the sake of his health. Throughout his incarceration, Chong believes he got prostate cancer because of stress rooting from his imprisonment and his lack of weed. He then opted to use hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) oils to help ease his anxiety for his immune system to function well.

When he got out of prison, Chong continued to consume cannabis, and it improved his overall health as he was able to do a lot of physical activities. One of these activities includes his comedic routines with Cheech that were absent for many years.

Meanwhile, Cheech has his own line of marijuana products under Cheech’s Private Stash. Aside from their booming ventures, Cheech and Chong once again performed on stage on Aug.4 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa’s The Show. It was one of the pair’s first major shows after their breakup in the late ‘80s.

Chong’s collaboration with Diamond CBD

After the failure of Nice Dreams years ago, Chong has decided to once again become a part of the cannabis industry. Last year, he launched his brand of CBD products called Chong’s Choice with the help of PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. (OTCMKTS:POTN) and its subsidiary, Diamond CBD, Inc.

Diamond CBD is the primary distribution channel and marketing assistant of Chong’s Choice. In a statement, Chong said he has been using Diamond CBD products to relax and to cope with chronic pains.

“I want to be part of this 21st century CBD revolution which promises unprecedented health benefits to millions of people and Diamond CBD has a premier line of products, many of which I am pleased to bring to the market under my brand,” he added.

The Chong’s Choice product line has five items for now: CBD Vaping Pen, CBD Infused Gummy Bears, Watermelon Slices, Vape Additive CBD and CBD Oil, and they are made from exceptional ingredients and 100 percent hemp.

Under Diamond CBD’s branding, Chong’s products could reach mainstream popularity in no time. The distributor has been very successful this year as it continues to yield amazing revenues for its products, generating more than $10 million during the first five months of 2018.

Aside from this, Diamond CBD managed to easily stand out among tough competition during trade shows. During the first three days of the ASD Market Week trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center last week, the company received over 400 orders.

Chong knows how far the cannabis industry has come. As one of the premier icons in marijuana, he has seen the industry at its darkest times. Now, he is more than happy to support it along with its new found glory.


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