How Pro Sports Should React to Pot Legalization (But Won’t)

From the Tumblr of Dan Shapiro,
an interesting take on a possible intersection of legal pot and pro

Until the federal ban on pot is lifted (or at least in the 24
states and District of Columbia that are home to every pro sports
franchise), the possibility of professional sports allowing
marijuana use is minimal. But by quietly removing weed from the
banned substance list, professional athletics can join the rest of
the country in removing the social stigma on herb, a lucrative cash
crop that improves the quality of life of millions of

Marijuana need not be celebrated, but it also doesn’t deserve
vilification. So join us Commissioners Goodell, Bettman, and Selig,
and soon-to-be Commissioner Silver. Because while you’ve watched
plenty of sports, have you ever watched sport, on weed?

Whole thing here.

This is worth a discussion, to say the least, especially
considering how many football, basketball, and baseball players
toke up. However, professional sports may be the exact place where
America’s split personality on intoxicants is most fully
concretized in custom and practice. Athletes are expected to
destroy their bodies for their sport and submit to virtually any
and all chemical, surgical, and mental modifications that will give
them a real or imagined advantage. Yet they are also supposed to
rigidly follow arbitrary and ever-changing policies where this or
that tactic, substance, or custom is legal one moment and banned
the next.

Good luck with that, NFL, NBA, and MLB!

from Hit & Run

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