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Michael Phelps Drug Use Might Make a Case For Legalization

It's common knowledge that the last three US presidents have experimented with drugs. In fact, when asked if he ever smoked (and inhaled) marijuana, Barack Obama answered: "I inhaled . . . frequently. That was the point." And now we have proof that golden boy Michael Phelps has hit a bong before.

When it comes to marijuana, hypocrisy can grow like a weed in US society. Over the past year few people, if any, received more acclaim for their life accomplishments than Barack Obama (the first black president!) and Michael Phelps (he won eight gold medals!).

If such exalted individuals have used marijuana, can we really arrest regular people for it? The realization that our greatest role models have broken this law might be a sign that marijuana use isn't the sort of bad judgment we want to criminalize.

Do you think it's time to reconsider the ban on marijuana?

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Jinx Jinx 8 years
I really doubt Phelp's faux pas is going to open up the debate. If Phelps leads to the legalization of marajuana, I wish Mark Spitz had of toked years ago! :rotfl:
angelina_k angelina_k 8 years
get a grip im smoking it righhhhhhhhhht nowwwww and i felllllll feeelll finnnneee lol
hope2be hope2be 8 years
I think legalizing it is fine as long as they have come with the device to check on spot if you're 'high' or not, the way they have the breathalyser for drunk drivers. You need a more efficient and practical device because you can't possibly get a pee test in the middle of street or test the hair or get blood drawn. Plus from what I know (some ex-co-workers who have been fired because they found marijuana in their system), the drug stays in your system for 30 days. Then treat them the way drunk-drivers been treated too, same law or whatever. I was just talking about this to my fiancee the other day, he's a truck driver and he said, heh, can truck driver smoke pots too if it's legalized? Will you feel comfortable with truck drivers smoking pot before going to work, since according many the 'high' goes away quicker than alcohol?
pour-qua pour-qua 8 years
You know, swimmers have the best lungs... ;) Moving on, it is high time all consensual crime is legalized. No pun intended, sorry.
bawp125 bawp125 8 years
bookish: word. legalization!!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 8 years
I read something great about this on www.nataliedee.com once: She said she has the solution for both the war on drugs, and the economy: 1. Legalize pot 2. Tax the hell out of it Done and done. =) Quite brilliant.
reactionary reactionary 8 years
haus - nobody is talking about being high out of their mind. smoking weed does not equal getting high out of your mind, the same way that drinking alcohol does not equal being trashed, black-out drunk and suffering from alcohol poisoning.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:raspberry: :wink:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm sory GS, I didn't realize it was a poli sci as well. I'll type much more slowly... ;) I'm sorry, I couldn't resisit.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
No problem!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Oh, whoops. Skimming.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I was just saying it wasn't a lib arts school. It is mainly engineering, architecture and veterinary science.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I thought pretty much anything that wasn't a science or occupational skill was liberal arts...?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Ah, but you are wrong Mr. Dave. It isn't a liberal arts school. Texas A&M is far from it! And I was a poli sci major. So stick that in your tailpipe! :raspberry:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"I not only held down a job, but was on the liberal arts student council and the deans list almost every semester." Yeah, but it was a liberal arts college, and you know what liberal arts graduates say... "Would you like fries with that?" jk ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Well said, GS!
StefaPie StefaPie 8 years
My (long time divorced) parents are a perfect example of the differences in the individual smoker. My dad smokes, put himself through college while raising 2 girls alone, has a great job, is super smart and together, and just happens to enjoy smoking here and there. I've never in my life seen him drunk, and I'm not sure if I've ever caught him high, though I did smell it sometimes. :) My mom, on the other hand, is a mess. Goes from crappy job to crappy job with her only focus on smoking. It's the same with alcohol, one person can have a drink and be fine, another can have a drink and it turns them into a mess. All I want is to be able to make the decision between one substance and another, that most studies and evidence show are generally comparable to each other.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
DAMMIT! :oops:
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Thanks GS. More people need to speak up about the successes they are able to have despite being an occasional (or even habitual) marijuana smoker. All the misconceptions and misinformation really prevent people from forming rational opinions.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And haus, I have to admit in college I spent the majority of hours for three years stoned rather than not. I not only held down a job, but was on the liberal arts student council and the deans list almost every semester. It all depends on the user. If someone is going to get stoned and stay in all day, they probably would do that anyway, just playing Final Fantasy or Grand Theft Auto instead. And I was waiting for Mich and Org to chime in. I knew they would make great points on this. I totally agree with the line of thinking about what IS allowed. Before guns, I would put automobiles. They are deadly weapons much more common than handguns. And just about any semi-moron is given a license to operate a potential death machine.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"That always freaked me out...mom's have a 6th sense that's for sure. " We do, and Sarah, get your finger out of your nose this instant!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I'm sorry but if you are high out of your mind all day every day, you are not going to be able to lead an average life. You won't be able to drive or work. So unless you're just going to be a high shut in, no go.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I think it should be legal. It's a harmless plant that happens to be splendid when burned. I know plenty of folks who smoke regularly and can maintain a credible job and a decent conversation to boot. Just consider it herbal therapy and call it a day.
danixk danixk 8 years
I think it should HAVE ALWAYS been up for debate. (Not just now because Phelps is smoking up in his room....) I'm for legalizing it with the same rules as alcohol...
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
All this talk about weed is making me wanna go buy a philly ;) Hainan I think people would get away with it a lot more if they got high at the job instead of getting drunk! Thats for sure...if it were to be legalized same rules would apply I guess! I wouldn't want my dentist filling a cavity high... OUCH! :pimp: Now that I think about it if most of us used it on here there would be a lot more love! :hug:
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