Tommy Chong stunned he got more prison time than Capitol-storming Trump loyalist

One-time cannabis enthusiast and comedian Tommy Chong had his mind blown by the fact Paul Alan Hodgkins was sentenced to only eight months in the can on a felony charge after storming the U.S. Capitol with a mob attempting to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election.

“Damn, I got 9 months for selling bongs,” Chong tweeted Monday.

Hodgkins was sentenced Monday morning for his role in the Jan. 6 uprising by Donald Trump loyalists who didn’t believe their candidate lost the election. The 38-year-old Tampa, Fla., man admits making his way into the building was “a foolish decision on my part.”

Tommy Chong poses for a photo at his home office in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
Tommy Chong poses for a photo at his home office in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (Richard Vogel/AP)

The judge in the case called the violent uprising an “assault on democracy.”

Chong, 83, was sentenced to nine months at a California Federal, where he was an inmate from October 2003 to July 2004. He pleaded guilty to selling marijuana-smoking paraphernalia on the Internet through his family-owned company Nice Dreams Enterprises.

His cellmate was stock market swindler Jordan Belfort, who became known as “The Wolf of Wall Street,” thanks to a tell-all Chong reportedly encouraged him to write. Martin Scorsese turned that book into a 2013 movie.

“Nice Dreams” was the name of a popular 1981 film from the comedy duo “Cheech and Chong,” which also starred funnyman Cheech Marin.

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