Tommy Chong to be face of pot test team

Carlsbad's BudGenius excited at celebrity tie-in; but cannabis group shies from stoner image

A Carlsbad-based company that tests and profiles medical marijuana strains has teamed up with one of America’s best-known stoners.

BudGenius — which doesn’t sell pot, but provides quality-control testing and related services for dispensaries and consumers — announced this week it has acquired the licensing rights to a line of cannabis-related products endorsed by actor/comedian/marijuana activist Tommy Chong.

Chong, 76, is best known for a series of “Cheech & Chong” comedy albums and films he made with Cheech Marin in the 1970s and early ‘80s. The duo’s success was largely based on jokes about their love of marijuana.

The pair split up in 1985, but reunited in 2008 and began touring again. They are scheduled to perform at the Pala Casino in July. Chong couldn’t be reached for comment this week on his new business deal with...

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