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Tommy Chong Pleads Guilty in Bong Sales

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by mental invalid, May 14, 2003.

  1. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    question, i though paraphernalia was legal???

    any law students wanna do some research??


    Tommy Chong Pleads Guilty in Bong Sales
    Wed May 14, 2:24 AM ET

    By DAN NEPHIN, Associated Press Writer

    PITTSBURGH - Tommy Chong (news), who played one half of the dope-smoking duo in Cheech and Chong movies, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiring to sell drug paraphernalia.


    Chong also pleaded guilty on behalf of his business, Nice Dreams Enterprises, which made a line of marijuana bongs and pipes. Doing business as Chong Glass, Nice Dreams Enterprises sold glass pipes and bongs that Chong acknowledged were used to smoke marijuana.


    Chong's attorneys said he was accepting responsibility, but noted he was careful not to sell to minors.


    "This isn't his work. His work is that of a comedian and satirist," said attorney Richard G. Hirsch.


    After the hearing, Chong said he did not use drugs. "I don't smoke; I quit," he said.


    The actor-comedian, who recently had a recurring role on Fox's "That '70s Show," said he planned to return to what he's always done: speaking "the truth" in his comedy routines. He was scheduled to appear in Florida on Tuesday night.


    Chong said he and Cheech Marin (news) were back together and working on another movie; the two have appeared together in several films, including "Up in Smoke" and "Still Smokin'." His plea, he said, would be part of the new film.


    Chong's plea came after federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents purchased his paraphernalia and had them shipped to an undercover business. Agents also confiscated his company's paraphernalia during raids of "head shops" in numerous states and confiscated "thousands of marijuana bongs and pipes" in a raid of his Gardena, Calif., business.


    The raids were part of a series by the DEA in which at least 55 people were charged with trafficking in illegal drug paraphernalia. Officials said the investigation targeted the nation's biggest Internet distributors of paraphernalia.


    Chong is the first person to plead guilty in the raids, said U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan.


    Chong, 64, was released on recognizance bail, but must undergo drug testing and remain in the U.S. District Court jurisdiction of his Pacific Palisades home except to travel for work and court appearances.


    He faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Sept. 11. Federal guidelines call for six months to one year incarceration, though Buchanan said the government would not make a recommendation to U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.
     
  2. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    It's all because he's a Canadian and Canada is about to relax some of the simple possesion laws.
     
  3. Oprah Oner

    Oprah Oner Junior Member

    Joined: Feb 27, 2003 Messages: 225 Likes Received: 0
    "Chong acknowledged were used to smoke marijuana"
    That's where he messed up. Bong and pipes are fine if you have a warning stating that they're for tobacco products use only. Once you cross the line and say it's okay to use the products for illegal drugs, then they're illegal.
     
  4. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    That's not a bong, it's an oboe!
     
  5. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,100 Likes Received: 73
    Tommy does make some nice marijuana smoking bongs though. Some are overdecorated and too expensive.

    I've got a dollar for who ever will take a big bong rip of tobacco.
     
  6. anonymity1

    anonymity1 Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 28, 2003 Messages: 1,945 Likes Received: 0
  7. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    thats what the whole nation wide 'operation pipe dream' is about, busting paraphernalia dealers cause they know its not for tobacco even though thats the stated purpose. a bunch of other people and companies went down too. it may be harder to buy bongs and all that ish soon...
     
  8. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,100 Likes Received: 73
    Yeah, try an' outlaw phillies.... I dare you.
     
  9. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    no way...but maybe say bye to blunt wraps... :(
     
  10. WebsterUno

    WebsterUno Guest

    Ill give someone 2 dollars if they
    drink the bong water. I heard it
    hits you 10x better then the smoke. ;)

    :lol:
     
  11. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    load up the cat nip and hand it to a friend!
     
  12. TuffKid

    TuffKid Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 14, 2002 Messages: 2,062 Likes Received: 0
    i knew i should have bought that bong.....god damnit.
     
  13. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,100 Likes Received: 73
    I'll go pick you up one for the head shop down the street, but it's gonna be 33% interest and you gotta pay shipping.
     
  14. a lot of shit is becoming more strict because of the new terrorism laws... ie. selling drug paraphanelia supports terrorists. it sucks, i agree, and i don't even smoke.
     
  15. serum

    serum Elite Member

    Joined: Aug 9, 2000 Messages: 4,200 Likes Received: 138
    the police must be pretty hard up for work if they have to go after bong peddlars.
     
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