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Let’s Make a Dope Deal: Tommy Chong Launches Michigan Pre-Rolls With MKX Brands
After 65 years of smoking weed, Tommy Chong returned to the format he started with when he was 17: a joint. Cannabis “is my life’s work,” cannabis advocate, comedian and actor told Benzinga at a virtual press conference Monday, showing a homemade bamboo co-holder he uses to cool the smoke . On Wednesday, Chong is launching its pre-roll brand in Michigan with its production partner MKX Brands in a dozen strains in a starter line of 20 dispensaries. The first pre-roll production run has run out and a second batch is in production, with plans to add more dispensary locations where Chong’s pre-rolls will be available, said Sam Kaoud, CEO of MKX Brands. Chong said he hopes to sell so many products “that it will be worth our investment in the growth.” It’s the latest development in Chong’s long history with the Great Lakes State, from playing guitar with Motown band Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers in the 1960s to numerous appearances at places like Ann Arbor Hash Bash. and BDT Smoke Shops. The last time the 82-year-old professional stoner was in Michigan, he said he was arrested at the airport, where TSA found a “big pot of weed” in his son’s backpack. . “My son threw me under the bus” at the TSA checkpoint, Chong said with a laugh. (The two escaped unharmed and with their stash intact.) Voters in Michigan legalized medical marijuana in 2008 and recreational marijuana in 2018 with voting questions. Sales of recreational cannabis in the state began on December 1, 2019. Related link: Cannabis according to Tommy Chong: “The only weed is not weeds” Chong on what the pandemic means for cannabis Chong, who was vaccinated against the coronavirus and said eager to return to Michigan for a visit, said last year made it clear that cannabis was an essential drug. “The pandemic has really broken down a lot of myths – the lies – about cannabis that have been floating around for years,” he told Benzinga, adding that bars were closed while dispensaries were open and a lot of those bars were open. will never reopen. Cannabis “makes the world sober,” he said. “Everyone is getting sober. Alcohol was the biggest problem. Chong, who served nine months in federal prison in 2003 for selling branded bongs online and shipping them across states, called on President Joe Biden to remove cannabis from its Schedule I DEA status and to recognize its medical benefits. “What I want the government to do is grow,” said the “Up In Smoke” star. “Reprogram it. That’s all. He [Biden] can do it from his desk with the stroke of a pen. The plant’s DEA timetable is “pure racist law,” he said, adding that he was working on efforts to free those who remain jailed on cannabis convictions. “There are still people in jail right now in legal states who are getting life sentences for something that is deemed essential and legal.” Where to buy Tommy Chong pre-rolls In Michigan Chong pre-rolls go on sale Wednesday, May 5 in Michigan. The strains initially available are Cherry Punch, Donkey Butter, Cookies & Cream, Crunch Berries, Triple Chocolate Chip, Wedding Cake, Banana Daddy, MAC Gas, Purple Triangle Kush, OG Cookies, Purple Ghost and Now & Later Cookies. The following medical and adult stores carry the pre-rolls: Metro Detroit: Shango Hazel Park, THC Detroit, Herbal Healing, The Flower Bowl, House of Dank Centerline, Herbology River Rouge Bay City: Herbology Bangor, Fire Creek Bay City, Hashish Boyz, Dispo Lapeer: Pure Lapeer, Xplore Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti: Exclusive Ann Arbor, The Patient Station Jackson Zone: Pinnacle Addison Border Cities: Pinnacle Morenci, The Nest Camden Kalamazoo / Battle Creek: Great Lakes Holistics, Fire Creek Battle Creek Grand Rapids: Exclusive to Grand Rapids Tommy Chong with the pre-rolls he is launching in the Michigan cannabis market with MKX Brands. Courtesy photo. See more BenzingaClick here for Benzinga options tradesDerek Chauvin found guilty on all counts in the assassination of George Floyd © 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.