By Oscar Pascual |
Cannabis activists drop their stoner act before meeting Congress.
That includes saying goodbye to Tommy Chong.
The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) recently removed comedian and marijuana activist Tommy Chong from his lobbying work on Capitol Hill later this month, reports Politics.
In an email sent to Chong’s representatives on Monday, NCIA Executive Director Aaron Smith informed them of the group’s decision not to include Chong, which they say would be particularly ineffective at lobbying conservative lawmakers.
“Having Tommy in DC for the NCIA Lobby Days will detract from the overall message we are pursuing with the event, which is that cannabis business people are ordinary professionals and can be related to the generally conservative members of Congress we are appealing to.” want to do,” Smith wrote. “We’re here to break down stereotypes of ‘stoner’ rather than amplify them.”
The decision comes in response to a recent YouTube video starring Chong promoting his latest product, Smoke Swipes. In the video, Chong parodies Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln commercials by driving to a probation officer’s meeting while smoking a joint. Chong then cleverly masks the smell with his new product before leaving the car.
“This was released less than a week ago and only adds to my previous concerns,” Smith wrote. “This kind of message is the exact opposite of what we’re trying to do with our efforts to legitimize the industry by putting it in a positive and responsible light.”
But according to Chong’s camp, he’s fine with it, man.
“We don’t want to escalate this event in any way. NCIA has made a decision based on their understanding of the landscape and their goals and objectives for the event,” said a spokesman for Chong. Politics. “We all want the same thing here and we don’t want to cause ripples in or be part of our Allied purpose.”
The NCIA — which spent $80,000 on lobbying Congress last year — has scheduled their lobbying efforts to begin on April 27, leaving them little time to find a more suitable celebrity advocate.
We would like to recommend Rick Steves.
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