Canadian actress Rae Dawn Chong says she’s “a little mad” at her father, comedian and legendary stoner Tommy Chong. After a sting operation targeted the elder Chong’s Gardena, Calif., glass factory, he was fined $27,500 and sentenced to nine months in a California penitentiary for selling bongs over the Internet. “Why didn’t he just start his business in Canada?” says Rae Dawn,
42, who’s in Toronto, working on the TV drama Wild Card. “I don’t know what he was thinking.”
Chong says her Edmon-
ton-born father decided to plead guilty after U.5. authorities threatened his Canadian wife (not Rae Dawn’s mother) and son with deportation. Along with friends and supporters, Chong’s efforts are focused on getting the 65-year-old actor transferred to a less brutal institution than the notorious Corcoran state penitentiary. “I know my dad isn’t innocent, but it’s just indicative of what’s so terribly wrong with [America] these days. Anything that they can stretch into a threat to national security, they do.”
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