Professional athletes are always trying to optimize their performance. That’s their job. Training helps performance. Diet helps performance. Meditation helps performance. And, drugs help performance. For every honest athlete, there’s a Lance Armstrong just waiting to be caught doping. Yes, how we love to see them rise, just to see them fall.
The simple fact is, some drugs enhance performance, so there will always be someone out there trying to gain an edge. We all know how poorly we behave when drinking, and that’s why there are laws against driving under the influence of this drug. But, Florida driving under the influence laws have deemed several other drugs detrimental to our driving abilities, contrary to scientific studies. For example, some athletes claim that a little bit of weed before a game enhances their performance. My guess is that half the NBA and/or NFL players have marijuana in their system. Well, maybe half is an understatement, but you get my drift (do we still say drift? I do, I’m white and in my late 40’s). Almost every professional sport I can think of demands more than driving, so if athletes can enhance their performance–or, at least not diminish it–with marijuana, why should it be illegal to drive under the influence of weed?
You’ve heard my weed vs. alcohol rant before, so I’ll spare you a 1,000 words here, but suffice it to say that the vast majority of domestic violence battery cases involve alcohol. The vast majority of bar violence, resisting officers, and overall disorderly conduct arrests come from alcohol–not marijuana. The vast majority of DUI cases come from alcohol, not marijuana. The vast majority of DUI manslaughter cases come from alcohol, not marijuana. Rarely do we hear of a wife calling 911 regarding her violent husband after they both smoked some weed. Not gonna happen. Now, I’ve used the vague term “vast majority” several times, but are there statistics to back up these assertions? Continue Reading