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Teams see marijuana "epidemic" among incoming rookies

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Teams see marijuana "epidemic" among incoming rookies

    Posted by Mike Florio on March 24, 2010 11:52 AM ET


    The pool of players who'll enter the NFL through the 2010 draft is regarded as one of the best and deepest in years. But plenty of them also have a weakness for a girl named . . . Marijuana.

    Don Banks of SI.com reports that, according to one personnel exec, 10 or 11 players with first-round grades have been red-flagged for enjoying the fumes of a certain type of burning green leaf.

    And one head coach estimated that one third of the players on his team's draft board has "some sort of history" with marijuana.

    Frankly, we're surprised the number is so low.

    The issue would better be described as an epidemic of guys getting caught. Many football players smoke marijuana. Team sources have told us in the past that the situation becomes a problem only when a player's taste for the wacky weed makes him unavailable to play, due to a suspension.

    That said, it's unclear whether any players tested positive for marijuana at the Scouting Combine. Last year, a slew of reports emerged regarding positive drug tests at the Scouting Combine for marijuana and other drugs; many of the reports were incorrect. Before the every draft, the teams have access to the full list of players who indeed tested positive -- and the message that comes from a positive result in a test that a player knew he'd be taking is that he either has a drug problem, or he's incredibly stupid.

    Or both.
     
  2. keoni boi

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  3. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    where's the problem with that?
     
  4. LaDeezie21

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    Who cares. I think more people smoke weed than we tend to believe. As long as they are not high during practice or games who cares.

    I think Maryjane is on it's way to being legalized anyway.
     
  5. Workplay

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    Are they all trying to get drafted by the 49ers and Raiders? :icon_rofl:
     
  6. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    :tup: lol then we'll see reports of Obama smoking a j instead of a stogie :lol:

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    lol norcal has all the good green so maybe so. xD
     
  7. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Yeah who really cares? As long as they arn't high during the games and arn't getting arrested I'm not sure anyone is suprised by this.
     
  8. ntman68

    ntman68 Well-Known Member

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    Friggin' dopers...
     
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    :yes::yes::yes:
     
  10. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    Forget about the social interpretations of whether it's "right" or "wrong" or the legalities of weed. That is not what it boils down to.

    The NFL has a clause IN EVERY CONTRACT for EVERY player that basically says YOU CANNOT SMOKE WEED.

    If you want to play in the NFL and (potentially) receive MILLIONS of dollars, then you have to sign that contract and abide by the provisions in that contract.
     
  11. Rainman

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    Fixed it for ya! :nana_dance:

    (see my sig)
     
  12. Rainman

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    So the Chargers' mistake was in not having a clause in Cro's contract that made it specifically forbidden to father six children by five different women in four states? :icon_shrug:
     
  13. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    The weed thing is in EVERY NFL contract. That is an NFL provision. Then other teams add their own provision. AFAIK, there isn't a "jimmy cap" requirement. :lol:
     
  14. BoltzRule

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    Big deal. It's just like alcohol, as long as it doesn't affect your play or get you in trouble it really doesn't matter to me.
     
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    These guys make enough money (at least the vets) to NOT GET CAUGHT.

    If they get caught, they are morons. :yes:

    40 times do not play well on Jack-In-The-Box resumes either.
     
  16. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    I heard that if you smoke enough of that ****, it will make you an addict or something, and then you won't be able to play in the Super Bong, err Bowl...

    Pointy :icon_twisted:
     

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    Draft pick says to AJ..........Dude I have a weed card I got from The Reader so I should be good right? My Doctor prescribed this medicine for me.
     
  18. bigmike.x.09

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    Lol Jamal should have done that with the tenure with the team for his knees and such :lol:
     
  19. Enormo

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    Pulmonary aspiration of vommit, dude.
     
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    "I was too stoned to remember to use the cleansing agent!" :icon_huh:
     
  21. Rainman

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    Why is it that the male 'member' is referred to by a variety of men's names?

    There's Peter, Dick, and Jimmy, for starters.

    You don't hear the female counterpart referred to as a Beth, a Patty or a Louise, do ya? :icon_shrug:
     
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    Baby boomers blaming the young NFL players for being the only smokers now? This is crazy, I would guess 60-70% of the league smokes prior to this draft class. NBA more like 90% puff the magic dragon, who gives a ****, unless you buy into the governments bullshit and propeganda.
     
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    http://www.aolnews.com/nation/artic...decide-whether-to-legalize-marijuana/19413976

    California Puts Legalizing Marijuana on Ballot

    SAN FRANCISCO (March 25) -- California voters will decide in November whether to legalize personal use of marijuana and impose a tax that could raise more than $1 billion for financially struggling state and local governments.

    California Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced Wednesday that an initiative known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 has qualified for the ballot. Sponsors of the measure submitted 694,248 signatures, far more than the 433,971 they needed to win a place on the Nov. 2 ballot.

    The initiative would allow anyone 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and cultivate plants in an area up to 25 square feet. It also would allow local governments to regulate and tax the cultivation, distribution and sale of marijuana in their jurisdictions.

    At the same time, the measure would prohibit the possession of marijuana on school grounds; outlaw providing marijuana to anyone under 21; and ban smoking marijuana in public or in front of a minor. It would not overturn the conviction of anyone who violated marijuana laws before the initiative's passage.

    "It takes the cannabis industry out of the black market, out of the back alleys, and brings it into retail establishments," campaign spokeswoman Dale Sky Clare said. "We can have safer communities by controlling and taxing cannabis."

    The measure is sponsored by activist Richard Lee, who contributed more than $1 million to the signature-gathering drive. Lee operates a medical marijuana dispensary and other marijuana-related businesses in Oakland. He is the founder and president of Oaksterdam University, which teaches students how to cultivate the plant and operate medical marijuana dispensaries.

    The university, which is closely connected to the initiative campaign, is growing rapidly and recently moved its main campus into a 30,000-square-foot building in downtown Oakland.

    California has long been in the forefront of the marijuana legalization movement. In 1996, voters approved Proposition 215, which authorized the use of marijuana for medical purposes and inspired similar measures in other states.

    Since the proposition's passage, hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries have sprung up around California. They have contributed to economic growth in some communities -- most notably downtown Oakland -- but also have posed regulatory problems in others, particularly the city of Los Angeles.

    The campaign over the legalization initiative is certain to be hard-fought and costly.

    No formal campaign opposition has emerged, but opponents can be expected to argue that legalizing marijuana would result in greater consumption, exposure to second-hand smoke, increased automobile and industrial accidents and reduced academic achievement.

    There may also be some who argue that the initiative does not go far enough because it limits legal use to adults, doesn't free those now in jail for marijuana offenses, and could create a system of patchwork regulation by cities and counties.

    Nevertheless, after decades of working to legalize marijuana, activists may finally have hit upon the right timing and approach to win over the general public. A Field Poll conducted last year found that 56 percent of Californians supported the idea of legalizing and taxing marijuana.

    In part, that may be because state and local governments are desperate for cash. The state has been compelled to raise fees repeatedly at public universities, require state workers to take unpaid furloughs and begin releasing inmates from overcrowded prisons.

    "There are voters across every demographic group who are not necessarily pro-pot, but they understand the present system is not working and are well aware that California could use an extra billion bucks a year," said Dan Newman, a strategist with the campaign. "The combination of the current marijuana laws not working and the disastrous fiscal situation has created a situation where many people see this as a commonplace reform."

    Supporters of the measure hope to raise as much as $10 million to win passage of the measure, Newman said. The campaign in support of the initiative kicked off the first day by issuing a statement that included backing from retired law enforcement officers and a judge from conservative Orange County.

    "I've been on the front lines of the drug war for three decades, and I know from experience that the current approach is simply not working," said retired Superior Court Judge James P. Gray. "Controlling marijuana with regulations similar to those currently in place for alcohol will put street drug dealers and organized crime out of business."

    Marijuana would still be illegal under U.S. law, but supporters of the measure hope that the federal government would abstain from enforcing the law, as it is doing now with medical marijuana sales.

    Clare, also the executive chancellor of Oaksterdam University, said the initiative would allow cities and counties to adopt a wide range of activities -- or none at all.

    An agricultural county could authorize large-scale marijuana growing to produce hemp, a durable fiber that can be used in making paper, clothing or rope. "Labor unions see this as an opportunity for tens of thousands of jobs," Clare said.

    Or a city such as Oakland or Berkeley could issue a permit to a bar or nightclub to serve marijuana rather than alcohol, she said. There also could be the equivalent of "dry counties" where the sale of marijuana is not permitted, although possession would still be allowed.

    The campaign is drafting a range of model ordinances that local governments could adopt if the initiative is approved by voters, she said.

    Clare attempted to counter expected opposition from law enforcement by pointing out that local authorities could tax marijuana to help train and equip police departments, among other expenditures.

    "Right now, the profit margins are going to buy more guns for the Mexican cartels," she said. "That same margin could be paid into what matters most to Californians: education, public health and public safety."
     
  24. ntman68

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    Choking on your own vomit? Are we talking about the dopers or how Bon Scott died?
     
  25. Rainman

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    This makes waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much sense to be anything the *government* actually does. :icon_evil:

    The US Government has a history of 70+ years suppressing marijuana, and distributing misinformation about its 'dangers'.

    Further, the alcohol industry will do all it can to ensure that no other intoxicants get a foothold into legal public use. And companies like Anheuser-Busch have a LOT of money to throw against any efforts to legalize weed.
     
  26. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Non-med legalization ain't happening any time soon. But dare to dream.
     
  27. Harley

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    don't be so sure. if they can run a good campaign, sell it as a money maker, it will be close.
    either way i'm cultivating in the backyard...
     
  28. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Who isn't these days? :lol:
     
  29. Rainman

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    Answer: People who don't HAVE back yards. :tup:
     
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    Ummmm...if the Poll numbers hold it will be by next year in CA.

    So since it is not a performance enhancer don't you think the NFL should lift it's testing and ban on it for players of CA teams once it's legal?

    Could help us lure free agents...Randy Moss might come play for the minimum and a few would be free agents on the team now will want to stay in State....
     

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