Monday, February 2, 2009
Michael Phelps; the 14 time Olympic Gold Medalist, has made major headlines as a picture of him smoking marijuana has surfaced on the internet.
Phelps has released a statement expressing his remorse for his actions.
His image was riding high after he won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games over the summer.
So supposedly this will hurt his marketability and he could lose a few endorsement deals by the time the smoke clears.
Lets get to the real issue though; the double standard in society with regards to "illegal" drugs.
So if Michael Phelps had a Budwieser he would have still been the "All American Golden Boy", but a little weed and he is now in jeapordy of losing millions.
So my question; other than the illegality of marijuana can anyone come up with a justifiable reason why one of the most mundane drugs that is widely used throughout the United States, is in fact illegal.
This is a statement from a study conducted at the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research Center at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, "The marijuana users in those 15 studies -- which lasted between three months to more than 13 years -- had smoked marijuana several times a week or month or daily. Still, researchers say impairments were less than what is typically found from using alcohol or other drugs."
This is a great article I just stumbled across proving that marijuana does not cause long term brain damage after habitual use.