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Tommy Chong Sentenced to 9 Months for Selling Bongs
AP vis Yahoo ^ | Thu, Sep 11, 2003 | DAN NEPHIN

Posted on 09/11/2003 9:50:17 AM PDT by monkeyshine

Comedian Chong Sentenced on Drug Charges

By DAN NEPHIN, Associated Press Writer

PITTSBURGH - Tommy Chong (news), who played one half of the dope-smoking duo in the Cheech and Chong movies, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 Thursday for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet.

The 65-year-old was allowed to remain free until federal prison officials tell him in a few weeks where he must report to prison.

Chong also forfeited about $100,000 for his arrest on federal drug paraphernalia charges. He'll spend a year on probation after he's released from prison.

His Nice Dreams Enterprises, which made a line of marijuana bongs and pipes, was to be sentenced later Thursday. Under federal law, the business itself can be placed on probation or face other sanctions.

(more at the link}


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: bong; chong; paraphernalia; pipe; prison; wod; wodlist
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1 posted on 09/11/2003 9:50:19 AM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: monkeyshine
"Tommy Bong"??
2 posted on 09/11/2003 9:51:39 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Saddam Had No Taepodong-II nuke ICBMs capable of hitting the World's Largest & 2nd Largest Economies)
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To: monkeyshine
Another WOD success story!
3 posted on 09/11/2003 9:53:16 AM PDT by Glenn (What were you thinking, Al?)
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To: monkeyshine
Dave's not here, man.
4 posted on 09/11/2003 9:53:27 AM PDT by MisplacedinOR ( Support Our Troops!)
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To: monkeyshine
This is an obscene waste of federal time, money.
5 posted on 09/11/2003 9:53:30 AM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Interesting. You can buy them legally in Wisconsin as long as they aren't used for "illegal substances", ahem.
6 posted on 09/11/2003 9:54:14 AM PDT by Kozak ("There is no Allah, and Mohammed is his False Prophet")
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Bummer, Duuuude!!!
7 posted on 09/11/2003 9:54:45 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ."mean-spiritedness" in the pursuit of a return to sanity in gub't ain't a bad thing. imo)
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To: monkeyshine
I'm so surprised.
8 posted on 09/11/2003 9:55:56 AM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine (this space for rent)
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
"OOOOOoooohhhh WOOOOOOOOOOW, maaaaaaaan, that didn't even hurt....

"Whaddayagonna do, ya pervert?...."
9 posted on 09/11/2003 9:57:31 AM PDT by Ronly Bonly Jones
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To: MisplacedinOR
Bailiff! Whack his...uh....you know....
10 posted on 09/11/2003 9:57:46 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Kozak
as long as they aren't used for "illegal substances",

I wonder what he was threatened with to plead guilty to what he did for sell these 'dual use technology' items.

11 posted on 09/11/2003 9:57:49 AM PDT by StriperSniper (The slippery slope is getting steeper.)
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To: monkeyshine; Travis McGee; Eaker; TEXASPROUD; wardaddy; Jeff Head; Lazamataz
Ya'll need a *bang_list errr ahhh *Bong_list here at FR !! I knew a guy who used such an argument with regards to his homemade machinegun business. He just made the guns....it was the owner who made them illegal by putting ammunition in em ! Wonder if he'll be Tommy's bunkie ?

Stay Safe !

12 posted on 09/11/2003 9:58:08 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: monkeyshine
Oh cool. Now we get to feed, clothe, and shelter this guy, because he sold glass in a shape that the Feds didn't approve of.
13 posted on 09/11/2003 9:58:44 AM PDT by dead (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead!)
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To: monkeyshine
I for one feel much safer now that Tommy Chong can't sell me a bong. Although I never much saw much sense in paying someone to make me one for $80.00 when for five dollars in plumbing fittings I can make five.

Completely pointless activity on the part of law enforcement IMHO. In order to continue an appropriations bill before next DEA budget is voted on, in order to vote on the bill, all congresscritters shall submit to urine, hair, blood, drug testing.

That should end the war on drugs soon enough.

14 posted on 09/11/2003 9:59:07 AM PDT by blackdog ("But to me Joy means only sorrow, and America is one big Joy ride")
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To: blackdog
claaasss.....CLAAAASSSS.......SHAAAAAAAATUUUUUUUUUUP!

thank you
15 posted on 09/11/2003 10:02:33 AM PDT by rogue5432
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To: MisplacedinOR
My real name is David, and for years, I've had on my answering machine Tommy Chong saying 'Dave's not here'. Problem is, nowdays nobody knows what the hell that's about, and they all think it's me saying it.
16 posted on 09/11/2003 10:04:00 AM PDT by Ed Straker
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To: monkeyshine
"Ohhhhh. You can't send me to the can, man! I just got my car fixed. Oh man, what a bummer! I've been framed"
17 posted on 09/11/2003 10:05:42 AM PDT by kidd (I've learned that artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity)
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To: monkeyshine
Despicable
18 posted on 09/11/2003 10:06:38 AM PDT by Lexington Green (WOD Resistance Tip # 2 - Plant Your Seeds)
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To: monkeyshine
I would ping some of my friends here but then others would forever wonder why we found this interesting.

Non-Ping!
19 posted on 09/11/2003 10:10:21 AM PDT by Flyer (I left my tag line in Humblegunner's truck)
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To: monkeyshine
Police: "Open up! This is the Police!"

Tommy Chong: "Uh, just a second man."

Toilet: "Flush-wunk-gurgle-splash splash-splash"

Police: "Open up< or we'll kick the door in!"

Tommy Chong: "Hey man! Do you guys know anything about plumbing, man?"

20 posted on 09/11/2003 10:12:16 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: monkeyshine
Bong wrong? So long, Chong. (Not as good as "Stix Nix Hix Pix", but best I could do).
21 posted on 09/11/2003 10:12:24 AM PDT by TrappedInLiberalHell (Pete Rose, but then he fell)
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To: monkeyshine
Far Out Man
22 posted on 09/11/2003 10:13:31 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: rogue5432
Big Bambu giggles......The two dogs going for Fifi and ending up with an unintended but satisfying homosexual experience was pretty damn funny!
23 posted on 09/11/2003 10:14:39 AM PDT by blackdog ("But to me Joy means only sorrow, and America is one big Joy ride")
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To: monkeyshine
Obviously a case of mistaken identity. I recently heard an interview with Chong, who was talking about his high-quality, handblown incense burners. You don't think the Feds confused these incense burners with bongs, do you?
24 posted on 09/11/2003 10:16:56 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: monkeyshine
I agree 100%

I can't believe he is 65 years old!

Or why he and Cheech haven't ridden the recent nostalgia/reunion wave and gotten back together. I think Cheech is trying to be respectable now or something.

25 posted on 09/11/2003 10:17:14 AM PDT by conserv13
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To: monkeyshine
Note to Tommy - seek political asylum in a free country
26 posted on 09/11/2003 10:17:25 AM PDT by Lexington Green (WOD Resistance Tip # 2 - Plant Your Seeds)
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To: Destructor
"Now for the next question Bob, What is your name? ........(Aw that's a tough one).......Starts with a B Bob.......Ends with a B Bob......."

From "Lets Make a Dope Deal"- Big Bambu

27 posted on 09/11/2003 10:19:54 AM PDT by blackdog ("But to me Joy means only sorrow, and America is one big Joy ride")
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To: Kozak
Interesting. You can buy them legally in Wisconsin as long as they aren't used for "illegal substances", ahem.

No, you cannot. The point of the prosecution is that under Federal law, all drug paraphenalia is strictly illegal and will land you in federal prison. Don't believe it? Ask Tommy Chong.

Up to now the feds have looked the other way. No more. Any Wisconson headshop owners have to be thinking twice now. Is it worth a stint in federal prison just to sell some bongs and pipes?

28 posted on 09/11/2003 10:21:17 AM PDT by clamboat
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To: monkeyshine
Paraphernalia, huh? In a similar vein, would it be illegal to sell limes and tonic water to someone under 21?
29 posted on 09/11/2003 10:23:08 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Yes, but other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?")
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To: blackdog
...Uunnggghhhh... uummpppphh!!! Whoa, man... You're a regular "Rembrandt"!

Wow--did I do that??

I love the way you used the corn for texture...
30 posted on 09/11/2003 10:25:13 AM PDT by King David
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To: GSWarrior
HUH?
31 posted on 09/11/2003 10:31:32 AM PDT by eastcoast81
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To: clamboat
If manufactured and sold in Wisconsin, under what Article of the Constitution does that Federal authority lie?
Just curious.
32 posted on 09/11/2003 10:40:51 AM PDT by Kozak ("There is no Allah, and Mohammed is his False Prophet")
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To: monkeyshine
Don't answer the phone...even if it's me calling.
33 posted on 09/11/2003 10:41:03 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: monkeyshine
Was it illegal to sell beer steins, wine glasses, shot glasses, etc... during prohibition?
34 posted on 09/11/2003 10:42:43 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: blackdog
HA! Yeah, that's classic! LOL!!
35 posted on 09/11/2003 10:44:10 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: monkeyshine
A man is going to federal prison for selling some hunks of glass... uh-huh...
36 posted on 09/11/2003 10:45:48 AM PDT by kenth
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To: eastcoast81
Isn't that a line from an old Cheech and Chong skit? If not, well, I feel kind of silly.
37 posted on 09/11/2003 10:46:06 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Lexington Green
"Note to Tommy - seek political asylum in a free country"

And where might THAT be?

38 posted on 09/11/2003 10:46:07 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: monkeyshine
was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 Thursday for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet.

www.chongsbongs.com?

39 posted on 09/11/2003 10:50:31 AM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: monkeyshine
This is an obscene waste of federal time, money

Exactly.

Back in 2001, while the FBI was busy dealing with a local whorehouse in New Orleans, al Qaeda was training its pilots and flying into skyscrapers in New York.

Way to go, FBI. I'm sure that the depleted uranium imported by ABC News producers was just an aberration of the tight security in our ports of entry.

40 posted on 09/11/2003 10:51:04 AM PDT by george wythe
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To: MisplacedinOR
Vant a Cigarette, old man?

Here, take Zeese one...

Siiiiizle!!! Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrgggggg!

He stuck it in his eye, man!!

41 posted on 09/11/2003 10:54:19 AM PDT by A Broken Glass Republican
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To: Destructor
"Note to Tommy - seek political asylum in a free country"
And where might THAT be?

Canada, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Denmark... all possibilities. There are many countries in the world where people are not incarcerated for selling pipes.
42 posted on 09/11/2003 10:55:00 AM PDT by Lexington Green (WOD Resistance Tip # 2 - Plant Your Seeds)
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To: Squantos
"He just made the guns....it was the owner who made them illegal by putting ammunition in em "

Unless things have changed, there are certain PARTS that can
convert a certain semi-automatic rifle into fully automatic.
Possession of these PARTS without a FFL is a felony. Nothing
to do with ammo. You don't even need to have the rest of the gun to be in violation.

In Georgia, one can buy "smoking accessories', but if you mention the word 'bong'or refer to a controlled substance while in the store they will ask you to leave. They can only be called waterpipes. Funny. Tobacco kills millions, but it's OK. (sorry to drift off topic)
43 posted on 09/11/2003 10:55:38 AM PDT by bk1000 (one of these days I simply MUST come up with a decent tag line.)
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To: monkeyshine
I can see the headline now..Judges said

Chong Bong Wong!

hey that be a good name for a porn star

44 posted on 09/11/2003 10:57:23 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Welcome one and all to...........................The Great Toad Boil !!!!!!!!)
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To: Wolfie; vin-one; WindMinstrel; philman_36; Beach_Babe; jenny65; AUgrad; Xenalyte; Bill D. Berger; ..
WOD Ping
45 posted on 09/11/2003 11:02:21 AM PDT by jmc813 (Check out the FR Big Brother 4 thread! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/943368/posts)
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To: clamboat
The point of the prosecution is that under Federal law, all drug paraphenalia is strictly illegal and will land you in federal prison.

Do you find this to be consistent with the Tenth Amendment?

46 posted on 09/11/2003 11:05:04 AM PDT by jmc813 (Check out the FR Big Brother 4 thread! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/943368/posts)
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To: bk1000
I'm sorry ya stepped into my pile of analogistic sarcasm . I'll put up a sign next time.

Stay Safe !

47 posted on 09/11/2003 11:07:44 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: *Wod_list
Back in 2001, while the FBI was busy dealing with a local whorehouse in New Orleans, al Qaeda was training its pilots and flying into skyscrapers in New York.

Way to go, FBI. I'm sure that the depleted uranium imported by ABC News producers was just an aberration of the tight security in our ports of entry.

Wod_list (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/involved?group=124) ping.

48 posted on 09/11/2003 11:10:27 AM PDT by MrLeRoy (The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. - Jefferson)
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To: TrappedInLiberalHell
Bong wrong? So long, Chong. (Not as good as "Stix Nix Hix Pix", but best I could do).

The late Senator Bill Spong (D-VA) once joked about co-sponsoring a bill with Senators from Hawaii and Louisiana to deal with illegal copying of U.S. records in the Far East. The legislation would have been called the Fong Long Spong Hong Kong Song Bill. Now, add a reference to Long Dong, the porn star Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of referring to, and Chong and Bong, and you may have something. But I could be wrong.

49 posted on 09/11/2003 11:20:10 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Yes, but other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?")
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To: MisplacedinOR
"Dave's not here, man."


Somebody posted the entire transcript of "Dave's not here" on FR once (I think it was last year). Could whoever it was do so again? I can't seem to find it.
50 posted on 09/11/2003 11:22:00 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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