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Tommy Chong is mellow, man. He’s in recovery after a second bout with cancer and spends a lot of time lying out in the sun. But that doesn’t mean he’s stopped working. In fact, he’s hustling harder than ever, staking his claim as an entrepreneur as he builds something of an empire with his son, Paris. A really, really chill empire, mind you, but the effect is still impressive. In addition to comedy, his new enterprises include: a talk show, social media stardom, political advocacy, a line of beverages, and a new Cheech and Chong film. Oh, and marijuana.

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COMPLEX

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With a new lease on life following his second bout with cancer, as well as a new cannabis line, the marijuana icon and activist isn’t close to burning out.

Squeaking springs pierce the air in the garage of Tommy Chong’s stately home in L.A.’s Pacific Palisades. Dressed in a pair of cuffed blue jeans, a black tee, a dark grey button-up, and black and red high-top Nikes—a youthful skate
style that his late guitarist friend and collaborator Gaye Delorme turned him onto—the white-haired 77-year-old comedian, actor, writer, director, musician, activist, and stoner icon is illustrating how to use a funky exercise contraption he built 20 years ago to train his legs for mogul skiing. Holding his torso erect, he simulates the movement of skiing over quick, bumpy courses by pushing down vigorously on an old skateboard deck suspended from a pipe frame by four metal coils. On the floor next to him lay 40- and 50-lb. dumbbells. Chong, who started lifting weights when he was 16 and played hockey into his late 60s, says he works out every other day.

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