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Professional Athlete Challenges Anti-Medical Cannabis Policies In California

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director November 8, 2009

    Pro MMA fighter and NORML supporter Toby ‘Tigerheart’ Grear has challenged the California State Athletic Commission on their prohibition of medical cannabis use by sanctioned competitors.

    Toby spoke at this year’s national conference on a panel that examined cannabis use among professional athletes.

    Every year dozens of professional athletes are arrested or negatively impacted by drug testing rules. This week’s example is from Washington where recent National League Cy Young winner, pitcher Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants,  became one of America’s approximately 750,000 annual cannabis possession arrest cases. Little known is that in Washington there is an automatic one day in jail penalty for getting caught with any amount of cannabis.

    Next time a prohibitionist from law enforcement, an anti-drug bureaucracy or media pundit claims that ‘no one goes to jail for using or possessing cannabis’ you can rightly let them know that they’re misinformed, as the state of Washington, along with numerous other state and county governments, routinely incarcerate cannabis consumers caught on little more than personal possession charges. President Bush’s drug czar, John Walters, claimed that no gets arrested or goes to jail for cannabis. That such is as rare as unicorns.

    However, Mr. Lincecum apparently has already copped a plea that will allow him to skip the one day incarceration. Lucky him!3993065953_f40077cbec

    Will a cannabis consumer and accomplished professional athlete like Tim Lincecum step up like Toby, Mark and Rob have? The reform of cannabis laws is certainly made easier when accomplished, professional athletes step to the fore with their self-interested advocacy.

    40 Responses to “Professional Athlete Challenges Anti-Medical Cannabis Policies In California”

    1. Matt Buompensiero says:

      “Will a cannabis consumer and accomplished professional athlete like Tim Lincecum step up like Toby, Mark and Rob have? ”

      Or will he be a obedient little dog like Phelps?

    2. Jason says:

      Unfortunately, a Pro MMA fighter doesn’t hold as much weight compared to other pro athletes. If the image for marijuana reform is professional face bashing what does that look like on capitol hill.

    3. MatterofLiberty says:

      Someone help me understand…My current understanding of the Controlled Substances Act allows for law enforcement to go after Cannibus users with the idea that “Possesors of Cannibus” cause a threat to “PUBLIC SAFETY”. BUT how can any ONE INDIVIDUAL be threatening public safety simply by POSSESING Cannibus??? I see how it can be applied by prohibitionists against distributors to an (arguably) uninformed person not knowing fully what they are getting… Meaning as a Privat Citizen,if you posses Cannibus with NO intent of Distributing, it seems that one MIGHT (Arguably) have a PRIVATE SAFETY RISK but not a PUBLIC SAFETY RISK as addressed by the CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT. How can the constitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act (and subsequent legislative penalties) be brought to question “As Applied” to “Personal Possesion”??? Anybody…..

    4. Lea says:

      Great effort on Toby’s part. One rhetorical question would be, did the commission listen to him? I realize they heard him however, did they listen?
      It’s obvious we need to keep pounding away at this.

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    6. Jesse says:

      “The reform of cannabis laws is certainly made easier when accomplished, professional athletes step to the fore with their self-interested advocacy.”
      Good call, and hopefully the pro athletes will stop being in alcohol campaigns as well. Thanks for your work, I really appreciate the change you guys helping to make.

    7. m3 says:

      If so many athletes and stars are regular cannabis users, why don’t we see more of them in support of NORML?

    8. ……….and what would happen if he was stopped with an unopened fifth of whiskey and a bottle of sleeping pills put out by the Pharmaceutical Companies…….. ………….NOTHING , that’s what ! Yet these drugs kill more people and cause more traffic fatalities than all drugs combined .Although it doesn’t appear to be the case in this particular incident Marijuana unlike Alcohol can also be a deterrent to aggressive driving .

    9. I am in no way encouraging driving while using
      Marijuana since the use of Cannabis often effects
      a user or drivers differently .

    10. Final note ;

      Seems the best and most talented professionals of the World use Marijuana . People like , Michael Jackson and Michael Phelps to name a few .

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