Athletes and Pot
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Athletes and Pot
Posted by CN Staff on December 30, 2013 at 06:17:03 PT
By Benjamin Hochman and Patrick Saunders, DP
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- It was the morning of a 2010 playoff game, and one of the Nuggets had just smoked some nuggets. As the team practiced, the player was so high that Rex Chapman, a team executive at the time, had to pull him aside to get him to focus."Across all walks of life and in every profession, people smoke (marijuana). This is no secret, and pro sports are not exempt," said Chapman, who played 12 years in the NBA. "But employers deserve and pay for A-plus employees. There is a time and place for everything. As a member of a team, guys owe it to their teammates to put their best foot forward."
Marijuana use has long been a part of sports' subculture, especially and fittingly in a place nicknamed the Mile High City. It soon may become part of the mainstream. New laws taking effect Wednesday in Colorado allow the retail sale of recreational marijuana. But as much as society often mirrors changes in sports culture, to most of the ruling bodies of sports, weed remains a four-letter word. Fiercely protective of their image, they don't want athletes openly smoking marijuana, regardless of what Colorado voters might say. There is evidence in recent surveys, however, that society's changing views toward marijuana, specifically widespread acceptance of the medicinal benefits in alleviating pain, are thawing previous hard-line stances.Winter Olympic athletes, for example, are all but given a free pass for smoking marijuana while out of competition. And the World Anti-Doping Agency this past May increased the threshold for a positive marijuana test tenfold. The NHL, meanwhile, alone among the big four North American professional sports, does not include marijuana among its banned substances.Nevertheless, advocates for the use of marijuana know they face an uphill challenge making cannabis legal for athletes.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  Benjamin Hochman and Patrick Saunders, The Denver PostPublished: December 29, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 31, 2013 at 17:58:20 PT
I agree. 
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on December 31, 2013 at 16:11:47 PT
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That's good news. I feel it is a totally "Unreasonable" search to search anyone's blood and cells for anything... short of a murder, rape, or assault type crime. It's wrong. It's unreasonable.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on December 31, 2013 at 14:38:06 PT
Judge Strikes Down Drug Testing
Judge Strikes Down Drug Testing of Florida Welfare RecipientsDecember 31, 2013TALLAHASSEE -- A federal judge ruled today that a 2011 law requiring welfare applicants to undergo drug tests is unconstitutional, striking a blow to Gov. Rick Scott’s administration over the controversial tests. Scott quickly said he would appeal U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven’s ruling, the latest defeat for the governor in a drawn-out battle over drug testing some of the state’s poorest residents. Scriven ruled that the urine tests violate the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. In a harshly worded, 30-page opinion, Scriven concluded that “there is no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied.” Scott, who used the mandatory drug tests as a campaign issue, insists that the urine tests are needed to make sure poor children don’t grow up in drug-riddled households.Complete Article:
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