May 16, 2013 5:13 PM by Joe Bevans
NEW YORK (AP) - Comedian Tommy Chong based a good part of his career on counterculture humor with a particular emphasis on marijuana use. But these days he sees the recreational drug as something more than fodder for jokes about stoned hippies. Chong, half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, thinks legalizing marijuana on a federal level would offer a number of benefits, including a boost to the U.S. economy if it were taxed. The 74-year-old says marijuana is a money-making crop with little manufacturing cost. He says, "You don't have to do anything except watch it grow and get a couple of hippies to cut it and then put it in a bag." Plus, he says, there are potential medical uses.