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Comedian Ralphie May

Weed Nearly Killed Me!

1/19/2012 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

comedian Ralphie May
"Last Comic Standing" finalist and outspoken weed advocate Ralphie May is finally calling it quits on the sticky icky -- telling TMZ, smoking marijuana nearly killed him last year ... so he's giving it up for good.

May tells us, he was diagnosed with walking pneumonia before taking a cruise last November -- but the condition quickly got worse ... and before long, he was holed up in the boat's infirmary with a life-threatening lung infection.

May tells us, "If I hadn't been a 20-year weed smoker, it wouldn't have been as bad."

You'll recall -- May was detained in a Guam airport back in 2010 for weed possession after the comic decided to pet a drug-sniffing dog. Not his brightest moment.

May says he used to smoke around 4 ounces of pot a WEEK, but "feels great" ever since he quit -- adding, "I had a great time doing it, but now I can pet every dog in Guam."


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Sure it's the Weed's fault. Not the fact that he's over 300 lbs.

1016 days ago


Blame it on the bud but ever think it could be that he is obese! Maybe his lungs aren't as strong because of the strain of carrying all that weight around.

1016 days ago


no its has nothing to do with the fact that his fat

1016 days ago


All of you that's putting him down and calling him fat are just mad because he is trying to better himself and you guys are still LOSERS for smoking weed. GROW UP!Any grown adult that smokes weed is nothing but a loser and TRASH! I've never met anyone in my life that smokes weed on a regular basis that isn't straight up trash. Its disgusting and immature. I'm just curious as to how anyone that smokes weed can get a decent job.

1016 days ago


What an idiot! No kidding SMOKE is not good for your lungs. It has nothing to do with the weed. He could've vaped it or ate it. Judging by his size, he shouldn't have any issues with that. Oh, and his weight had nothing to do with him almost dying either. People like him, is the reason why it's not legal.

1016 days ago


my god their are some real stupid people on here... first off being over weight doesn't cause a lung infection...

being over weight doesn't cause back pain in everyone and the back pain could have been the reason he was over weight in the first place..

Just because you think skinny is healthy like Madonna (god she is disgusting now) it isn't..

Hell people can be over weight and only health issue is the xtra weight. People also can gain up to 20lbs more in a few day to a week in water over minor infections. I just had that happen to my leg.

under bmi rules I bet half the people posting bull**** are morbid obease.. hell it said I was and I was in shape..

1016 days ago


He did not have problems for smoking weed. he had problems for being morbidly obese and smoking absolutely moronic quantities of weed. This is not a anti drug story, it is an anti brain story.

1016 days ago


4 ounces a week I don't believe this dooche after smoking a lot less than that ur tollerence makes it so you dont get high at all just this weird feeling in ur head for 15 minutes and it gets progressively more painful.

1016 days ago


A lot of moronic comments on here.If one were to judge the human race upon the dumb asses on the internet we would all be screwed.

1016 days ago


Well... Anyone who smokes sixteen grams of weed a day is pushing it a little to the extreme...

I ONLY know pot heads and NO ONE I know smokes to that extent, and we all live in Canada, which is a country FULL of pot heads, which we call normal people; so to be a pot head here really means you do some serious pot smoking...

Point is; this guy is CRAZY for saying that and INSANE for smoking that much to start with...

Based on his physical weight and his SIXTEEN GRAMS A DAY marijuana habit (That's about $160... a day if you buy each gram by itself... On a deal you'd pay about $100-$120 for 16 around these parts...), I'd say this guy has ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE OF SELF CONTROL and just blames whatever on anything other then himself...

Plus smoking weed from Guam?

The kind of pneumonia he caught is caused by a bacterial infection...

Sixteen grams a day of weed grown in Guam will do that to you!

This is the WORST example of lop sided drug journalism I've seen in a while...

If you want to see what drugs can actually help you with; check out my art, most of which was inspired by LSD and mushroom trips, over at:

1016 days ago


Umm... Weed isn't the problem, you obese ass bastard. Don't let ignorance like this hold up the legalization movement - ITS A LIE! Cannabis does not cause any harm.. if this guy didn't weigh more than my family combined, he wouldn't have these issues. Cannabis probably HELPED him more than it hurt him.

1016 days ago


Is that why he's so fat? Stoned on the couch with constant munchies.

1016 days ago


He is a fat a** weed had nothing to do with it unless he was baking the shi* in double chocolate brownies

1016 days ago


1016 days ago

Geetha S    

How about trying some good diet, exercise and moderation?

1016 days ago
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