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Tommy Chong Backs Andrew Yang for President

Comedian Tommy Chong has been tweeting his support of long-shot Democratic presidential candidate, businessman Andew Yang, who's moving up in the polls. The latest Emerson poll for the 2020 California primary has Yang in fourth place with 7%, ahead of Kamala Harris (6%), Beto O'Rourke (5%) and Pete Buttigieg (4%).

Chong tells CelebStoner:

"Yes, I am part of the Yang Gang. I found that I listen closely when Andrew speaks. He talks like he knows where we are at and where we are going. His take on automation and AI (artificial intelligence) is right on. Yang sees the road ahead and is preparing us for the years ahead. So I feel he could win. But even if he doesn’t he will be the go to guy for answers."

On September 15, Chong tweeted:

On August 25, Chong tweeted:

He continued on August 26:

Chong also has a beef with Senator Bernie Sanders

This dates back to May 23, 2016 when Chong tweeted that after being invited to speak at a Sanders rally in California, "Unfortunately after months of support and endorsement videos, I have to report that Bernie Sanders pulled away his invite to me."

"They don't want to endorse what I stand for and what I've stood for all my professional career," Chong told the Hollywood Reporter. "It was an insult."

Yang has built his campaign around what he dubs the "Freedom Dividend," or universal basic income. As president, he would give every American (18 and over) $1,000 per month. During his career in business, Yang has accumulated $1 million in wealth. He appeared in the first two debates and, with 2% in several polls, has qualified for the next debates on September 12-13. He's the only political outsider to qualify so far.

At the Yang 2020 website, the candidate, whose parents were born in Taiwan, calls for the legalization of marijuana. The policy statement reads:

"We need to resolve the ambiguity and legalize marijuana at the federal level. This would improve safety, social equity and generate tens of billions of dollars in new revenue based on legal cannabis businesses."

In the Criminal Justice section, he also favors decriminalizing opioids, holding pharmaceutical companies accountable, decreasing pre-trial cash bail, reducing mass incarceration and lowering the voting age to 16.

Also at the site, Yang sells a t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan MATH. MONEY. MARIJUANA. and a Legalize Marijuana bumper sticker.

Other celebrities to endorse and donate to Yang's campaign include Elon Musk, Nicolas Cage and Weezer's River Cuomo.

This article was originally posted on Augut 27. It was updated on September 17.

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Steve Bloom

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.