The Marijuana-Logues Up in Smoke

The Marijuana-Logues Up in Smoke
Posted by CN Staff on March 02, 2005 at 21:10:39 PT
By Jake Coyle, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
New York -- Tommy Chong's play has gone up in smoke. "The Marijuana-Logues" has canceled its spring tour after its star, Tommy Chong, was barred from performing in it because audience members were frequently lighting up during the show. Chong, half of the comedy team Cheech & Chong, was in danger of violating his probation, which bars him from being around people using or selling illegal substances.
He served nine months in prison last year for conspiring to sell drug paraphernalia. "The (parole) officer was compelled to revoke his ability to continue on the shows," said Phil Lobel, a publicist for the play. "The last thing he wants to do is go back to prison." "The Marijuana-Logues" was on the second night of a North America tour. It has played for nearly a year off-Broadway. Chong had a special two-week run in New York and then went on the road with the show. Following a kickoff performance Feb. 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia, a Seattle show the following day was especially smoky. Lobel said the large 1,000-2,000 seat theaters were much more difficult to patrol than the small Actors' Playhouse in New York. The play expects to resume touring this summer, when Chong's parole ends. The 65-year-old comedian served nine months in prison, beginning in 2003, after pleading guilty to conspiring to sell drug paraphernalia. His home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., was raided by police looking for smoking materials made by Nice Dreams, a company named for one of the Cheech and Chong movies. Though the police found nearly a pound of marijuana, Chong was never charged with marijuana possession because the drug was not included in the search warrant. Chong was released from prison in July. "The Marijuana-Logues," a parody of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues," is a three-man show that addresses the rites and rituals of getting stoned.  "I'm still on probation you know," Chong told The Associated Press before the Vancouver performance. "Doing a show about weed in the United States  when you just got out of jail for selling weed paraphernalia  makes me a little nervous." Tickets already purchased for canceled "Marijuana-Logues" shows can be refunded at the point of purchase. Complete Title: The Marijuana-Logues Up in Smoke; Tommy Chong Cancels TourSource: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Jake Coyle, The Associated PressPublished: Monday, February 28, 2005 Copyright: 2005 The Associated Press Related Articles & Web Site:He's Taking One Big Hit Chong Gets The Joint Cracks Down on Tommy Chong 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on March 07, 2005 at 10:20:31 PT
SFC: Pop Quiz: Tommy Chong
Aidin VaziriSunday, March 6, 2005 
 When Tommy Chong, 66, got sentenced to nine months in jail last year it wasn't just for conspiring to sell bongs on the Internet, he says, but because he had made millions playing a career pot smoker, most famously in Cheech & Chong films and on "That '70s Show." Oh, and probably because he said the only weapons of mass destruction George Bush found were his bongs. After a successful New York run, Chong was to bring his three-man act, the Marijuana- Logues, to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre for a pair of shows this week, but they've been postponed until October -- when he'll be off probation.. Q: Let me get this straight. They sent you to jail for selling bongs online? A: No, no, no. The thing is, I never really committed a crime. The only crime I committed was going against the Bush government and their policies. This was their payback. Q: Every corner store in San Francisco sells bongs. A: Sure, but that's San Francisco. Actually, in a way, I'm taking the rap for places like San Francisco and Humboldt County and other liberal, live-and- let-live places. Q: Thanks for all that. A: Sure. Q: So what was jail like? A: Jail was actually quite nice. It was a Martha Stewart-type jail. In fact, we even wore the same outfit. Snipped:Complete Article:
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