Tommy Chong comments on Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston had been a constant topic of gossip around the Internet since her unfortunate passing on Feb 11. That happened fairly unexpected just before Clive Davis big pre Grammy bash. I say fairly unexpectedly cause Whitney did have a big night on the town a day or so previously and got herself seriously wasted. Many who saw those pictures figured that she was skating around the edge of thin ice.

Within a couple of days Whitney was found dead in her hotel room. She had died in her bathtub. That unleashed tons of drama. The hotel room was locked down for hours while investigators tried to figure out what actually happened. Friends and family of Whitney were turned away at the door – according to some reports. Meanwhile Clive Davis party went ahead pretty much as scheduled. Maybe he thought that she would’ve wanted it that way.

That left the world asking “What happened to Whitney?” Authorities quickly announced that there was no foul play suspected. What they now believe did happen was that Whitney took some alcohol with her lunch, popped a tranquilizer, and then hit the bath to mellow out. When the booze reacted with the pills she passed out. According to some reports she was dead before she submerged under water. There wasn’t enough water in her lungs to have killed her.

Now Whitney is alleged to have ton some cocaine in her day. That would explain how she got $100 million from Arista in 2001 and was rumoured to be broke before her recent death (then again maybe it wouldn’t cause $100 million in ten years is a lot of money no matter how much blow you do). So a lot of the talk is about her alleged drug abuse problem. However it might be worth noting that it wasn’t cocaine that killed her, but prescri0ption drugs. Just like it was prescription drugs that killed Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson (in his case even administered by one of the few doctors in America who still made house calls!), and well many many of your favorite celebrities right back to Marylin Munroe!

Now who knows why this should be. Some one who does have some opinions on Hollywood drug use is Tommy Chong. Tommy got famous for stoner humour back in the 70’s with his then partner in crime Cheech Marin. As Cheech & Chong they were like Abbott & Costello on weed. Marin eventually sold out cleaned up and went on to do cartoon voice overs and cos tar with Don Johnson as his side kick in Nash Bridges. Tommy kind of stayed stuck in the past a little bit. Part of it maybe becauise he has some strong views on marijuana. In fact the recent passing of Whitney Houston prompted some remarks on Hollywood drug culture. Says Tommy by way of Access Hollywood:

“Had she just stuck to pot, she’d be alive today,” the actor-comedian told Access Hollywood on Tuesday night at “The Simpsons” 500th episode celebration.

“It’s when you get into that other stuff… The trouble with that other stuff is that you forget you’re high. You think you’re taking a bath and you’re not. You’re under the water. It’s a sad, sad thing,” he continued.

According to Chong, Houston’s death was a farewell.

“It’s a sad, sad thing. In a way, though, it was like she was saying goodbye,” he told Access. “Like she was passing the torch onto Adele. It was a tough one to let go. It was like she came by and said, ‘OK, I’m out of here.’ It’s a sad, sad thing.”

Now it might be a bit too soon to say that, but Chong does make a point. If a hard pressed celebrity can go home at the end of a long bullshit day and unwind with a dime bag then they can get over the rainbow safely and effectively. If they have some kind of no drugs clause in their contract then it’s a risk they can’t take. They might get pissed tested and wound up in breach of contract. A worse case scenario is that they could get fired. They might just get ordered to rehab and then stuck with the bill.

That’s where the prescriptions come into it. If you can get something from your friendly neighborhood doctor then you’re on the right side of the line. Finish a hard day and pop a couple of Xanax. Should you get piss tested in the morning then what ever they find in you hot yellow cool aid can’t be held against you. That’s between you and your Doc Hollywood. Trouble is that those prescription pills that can get you in some really serious trouble.

Now no one is saying that there’s not a drug problem in Hollywood – allegedly. There are probably many problems down there in the Land of Milk and Honey. However a little clarity on the issue might be nice. It might be important to remember that while some celebrities have gone off the rails with hard substance abuse, it’s the legal stuff that’s killing them.

It’s not just celebrities either. Many people can be regularly pissed tested as terms of their employment and something as innocuous as weed can have serious repercussions. So prescription pills are a legal way to beat the pressure. If marijuana was legalized (and if salvia divinorum is legal then why not marijuana?) then maybe people would have a safe way to decompress. Plus they wouldn’t have to worry about losing a job, or opt for prescriptions with their potentially lethal side effects.

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