Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pardon for Tommy Chong?

It is reported that Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong) wants President Obama to grant him a presidential pardon for a 2003 offense (conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia across state lines) that resulted in a nine-month federal prison sentence and a $20,000 fine. He was looking at the possibility of a full year in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Chong says federal agents were trying to make "an example" out of him:
"Of everybody [the Justice Department] busted, I was the only one that had international recognition, and so they really wanted me ... Technically, I wasn't the owner of the bong company — that was my son — and my wife was vulnerable because she wrote a check for my son's company. They told me that if I pled guilty, they wouldn't go after my son or my wife, and so of course I had no choice." 
See full story here.

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