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Tommy Chong Endorses Trump! (Just Kidding, He’s Feeling the Bern)

In the least shocking news of the week, the coveted endorsement of everyone’s favorite cannabis celebrity, Tommy Chong, has gone to none other than Bernie Sanders.

Chong is feeling the Bern and wants the world to know it. In a quote that could only come from his lips, Chong offers the endorsement of the century:

“Bernie’s like a kush, like the best kind of weed you can get, because he’s the answer to all our problems.”

Rocking a Bernie shirt, Tommy Chong has released a catchy, heartfelt endorsement video throwing his support whole-heartedly behind the wild-haired presidential candidate from Vermont.

Chong’s video is fairly tongue-in-cheek, making references to the “Commander-in-Kush” (new strain name, anyone?), and using clips from old Cheech and Chong movies to illustrate his point. But his support for Bernie extends beyond the obvious.

“Only one candidate that has said things I truly believe in, like supporting the legalization of…” he trails off and looks knowingly at the camera before continuing, “a fair and human immigration policy.”

“The legalization of…a real living wage.”

And of course, he finishes, the legalization of “the super-medicine” known as cannabis.

This is the first official stance from the actor-comedian-activist, though he was recently quoted likening Bernie Sanders to “Donald Trump with brains, he’s like a Donald Trump with a soul!”

Sanders is easily the strongest competitive candidate in support of cannabis, having not only pledged to legalize cannabis at a federal level, but even introducing legislation to that effect.

After a rousing speech last October, Sanders sponsored a federal bill, the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015,” which would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act entirely, effectively legalizing marijuana federally. Unfortunately, the bill still lacking support from his fellow members of Congress. Still, if Sanders is elected, he’ll face high hopes from supporters that he’ll end prohibition while in office.

Take this as a reminder to register to vote! Chong knows it: 2016 will be a big year for cannabis.

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