Article by B. Fox, DOPE Magazine
With a face famous for comedy, he has represented the world of cannabis with style. It is also true that Cheech Marin is an activist at heart.
The dated stereotype of a lazy cannabis connoisseur is just that—a stereotype. Cheech proves that one can live the life of a legendary toker and attain many successful career routes while paving the way for increased acceptance of others.
Cheech has been a little busy. Three published books; hosted art exhibitions; the launch of a new, full line of cannabis products, Cheech’s Private Stash (available sometime this year); a recently penned memoir, Cheech is Not My Real Name, But Don’t Call Me Chong, released in 2017; and a beverage brand, Tres Papalote Mezcal, currently available in California, New York and Texas. He is also shooting a Cheech and Chong documentary.
While famous for his comedic talents, Cheech’s heart resides in the arts, specifically the world of Chicano paintings. “To me, being Chicano is an experience more than anything,” Cheech explained. “Coming from the inner city, the kids grew up and became ‘Chicano’—blue collar working class inner city.”
Cheech met with DOPE Magazine to discuss his life, discovery of art at church while growing up in South Central LA and his love for Chicano art. Since 2005, Cheech has toured over 50 museums in the United States and France which have featured ten separate exhibits with his personal art collections on display.