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Tim Beckham’s drug: marijuana. Which makes for a really dumb suspension.

May 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Rays prospect Tim Beckham was suspended for 50 games yesterday for a second positive test for a “drug of abuse,” which is baseball’s parlance for a non-PED recreational drug of some kind.  Marc Topkin hears it was marijuana. If so, this suspension — and more generally, the logic behind it — is really dumb.

Look, I’m not the guy handing out pamphlets at Hemp Fest or leading any legalization rallies because that’s really not my style, but the fact that we’re suspending guys for 50 games for weed is kind of silly. Partially because marijuana is demonstrably less dangerous than alcohol and — to beat this drum again — baseball doesn’t give a rip about alcohol.

But it’s also dumb because it demonstrates a pretty big double standard in how baseball treats minor leaguers and major leaguers.  As Kevin Goldstein noted yesterday, it’s a shame that Beckham wasn’t on the Rays 40 man roster because guys on the 40 man — unlike common farm hands — are not subject to random testing for pot.

Now, personally, if I ran a baseball organization, I wouldn’t want my players smoking weed because, man, I’ve known a lot of pot smokers and they’re kind of lazy. This is high level athletics, son, so for god’s sake take care of yourself. Quit eating all of that Taco Bell, turn off that horrible jam band music and focus on the task at hand. But I don’t think that anyone smoking pot is an offense equivalent to that of cocaine use or, in the context of competitive sports, PED use.

Beyond my personal preferences, however, this does lead to a serious question about how marijuana fits into baseball’s drug anti-drug regime: specifically, does baseball consider marijuana use to be a serious transgression?  If so, why aren’t big leaguers tested for it?  If not, why are minor leaguers tested for it?

There are many absurdities when it comes to baseball and drugs. Maybe we need to start talking about them more.

  1. l0yalr0yal - May 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Regardless, it’s still illegal to use recreationally in the United States. You know, against the law. Like theft, driving under the influence, domestic abuse. Major League Baseball players are not above the law. End of story. If it’s legalized, they can have all they want. For now, they’re breaking the law.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Fine. Then why doesn’t MLB randomly test for it?

      • l0yalr0yal - May 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Excellent question. I think they should.

      • sdelmonte - May 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        Maybe the major leaguers managed to get that off the table?

        If only the minor leaguers had a union of their own to negotiate better working conditions. Which I know will never happen. But I can dream.

      • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        BTW, Craig . . . as for the ‘weed users are lazy’ charge? As Chuck D so succinctly stated: “DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE”.

        Was Robert Parrish or Carl Sagan lazy? They are just two of countless Cannabis using high achievers that defeat the lazy argument.

        As with anything, cannabis isn’t for everyone. But there are countless non-users who go through life doing the bare minimum – it’s just there aren’t any Big-Pharma/Big-Tobacco/Big-Alchohol propagandists targeting them.

      • drewsylvania - May 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        I’d make a distinct between weed use and weed abuse.

      • hgulkkcaj - May 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        Does your employer randomly test you for marijuana use? I know mine doesn’t, and I can’t imagine many do. Is smoking weed recreationally illegal? Yes. Is it MLB’s responsiblity to catch players doing it?

    • stopthewave - May 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Good thing MLB is suspending all those players that are driving drunk for 50 games too then. Oh, wait…

      • l0yalr0yal - May 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        I agree with that, too. I don’t use marijuana, but I feel that the penalties should be the same. I was appauled when Michael Vick went to prison for two years for fighting dogs, and Donte Stallworth was given 14 days for drinking, driving, hitting, and killing a man.

      • justiniodiddly - May 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

        Minor leaguer smokes a joint= 50 game suspension.

        Major leaguer gets black out drunk, drives all around endangering lives, tells patrons at bar he is going to come back and kill them, etc.= 0 game suspension

        Well done, Bud.

      • atworkident - May 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        @loyalroyal… Stallworth was high as well. Not that it matters.

      • brewcitybummer - May 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        Donte Stallworth didn’t go to prison because of an agreement with the victim’s family. Those types of agreements are one of the primary results of Victim’s Rights Legistlation, If you object to Victims Rights Legistlation I hope you protested against it when it was sweeping the nation for 20 years.

      • drewsylvania - May 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        Marijuana use should have the same penalty as DUI? -_-

        But the Stallworth/Vick disparity is an amazing hypocrisy.

    • stex52 - May 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      So since when did MLB become an arm of law enforcement? If so, DUI is illegal so they should be testing randomly for alcohol. Assuming that they are not interested in becoming a contract lab for local law enforcement, then they have no need to test for marijuana.

      • l0yalr0yal - May 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        MLB is not an arm of law enforcement, but they punish players for committing crimes. Surely this isn’t the first time you’ve heard of a player being suspended for breaking the law.

        And, “DUI is illegal so they should be testing randomly for alcohol.” wins the worst thought that has ever entered your mind, ever, award.

      • stex52 - May 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        No, I’ve had much worse thoughts. But why are they randomly testing players for a misdemeanor offense if they aren’t in law enforcement? If you are testing an engineer on a commuter train or an operator in a nuclear plant I don’t care for it much, but I can buy into the impaired judgment/danger to the public argument. Of course, in that case, alcohol is much more of a hazard. But what is a player going to harm beyond his batting average?

      • drewsylvania - May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        Drinking does not equal driving.

    • kylemoss - May 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Please do not use DUI, Domestic abuse as the same as using Pot. I can legally smoke pot whenever I want besides when I am driving or in public just like alcohol. And this is not illegal, so to suspend someone for pot when some people can legally use in the United States makes it a joke.

      • l0yalr0yal - May 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        Well, where I live it’s still illegal, ragardless of how many signatures the local NORML chapter has collected. Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska… it’s illegal. Last time I checked, people support this “legalize marijuana” movement, or “decriminalize marijuana”, which leads me to believe that marijuana is in fact not legal.

      • kylemoss - May 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        I live in california. Maybe spread your “horizons” The reason for not legalizing pot is because the too much money is involved. If the government legalized pot the DEA and a lot of other agencies would lose millions and millions of dollars. The main point of my comment is to say 50 games for pot is justified? How many games to Linchecum recieve when he was busted by cops for pot? This guy wasnt busted for pocession.

    • heynerdlinger - May 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Duh. Alcohol is clearly not a drug of abuse.


      • brewcitybummer - May 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        By the way, alcohol abuse can be tested for. Its called an EDAC test and the agency I work for uses it regularly on court ordered clients.

        If baseball is seeking to prevent drug abuse they should probably be giving EDAC tests to all minor and major leaguers regularly. Unless, of course, they don’t want to see those results.

    • genericcommenter - May 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      It’s also illegal to jay walk. In some places, police will assault you for doing that, but generally most people aren’t that offended by it.

      Employers are not the police and don’t really have a role in enforcing laws that are violated off the clock and not on work premises. If they did, NO one would have a job, since the average American commits around 3 felonies per day and everyone breaks laws just in the act of living.

    • thewassabi - May 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      wow you really misinterpreted that, he wasnt saying he shouldnt have gotten suspended, it should have been way less than 50 games, and you cant test one group of players (MINORS) and not the others (BIG LEAGUERS). Fuck tard and if players were suspended for breaking any law it would be hard to put a team on the diamond.

      • l0yalr0yal - May 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Thanks for the valuable input. You should really emphasize the “ass” in “wassabi”.

    • captainwisdom8888 - May 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      u make sense loyal royal, but for some reason my “cool-dar” aint going off when i read ur posts. perhaps you should burn 1 with me and loosen up

    • neken7 - May 3, 2012 at 4:53 AM

      @l0yalr0yal, lets try to apply your logic to a serious issue you failed to neglect. Speeding. Going above the legal speed limit while trying to navigate a Ton 1/2+ of steel, rubber, plastic, and glass has lead to the deaths of thousands of people each year all over the world. Not only that, but these players have millions of dollars invested in them by the team. Not only is going above the speed limit dangerous to everyone, it’s also a danger to the major investment that they are to the team.

      If you support 50 game suspensions for a guy potentially taking a toke or two off a joint while watching a Simpsons episode, because it’s simply “against the law”, would you also support 50 game suspensions for an act that has proven deadly and would seriously damage the team and the integrity of MLB athletes?

  2. snowbirdgothic - May 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Did you ever notice that the only thing a bat can’t hit…is itself?

    (Though to be fair, Tim Beckham’s bat wasn’t hitting much of anything else this year, either.)

  3. ss - May 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Wait, what were we just talking about?

  4. mybrunoblog - May 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    I don’t think it is dumb to punish a player for breaking state and federal narcotics laws, helping sustain an unlawful drug trade that contributes to multiple law enforcement and civilian deaths every year and lastly, putting a bad light on his organization, his teammates and his family.
    Now all the weed lovers will go on and on about how weed is harmless and it is just a recreational drug. Yeah, ok go ask some DEA guys where a lot of our marijuana comes from and then try to ask the hundreds of dead Mexican cops and civilians about how they feel.
    If and when weed becomes illegal smoke up. Until that day STFU.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      You’re missing the point. Great: it’s illegal and maybe it should lead to serious suspensions. I don’t know. And I don’t care.

      The point here is why does MLB treat it differently between the minors and the majors? Why do they have such inconsistent rules?

      • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        The answer is: MLB salaries and benefits create leverage that MiLB do not have.

    • Old Gator - May 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      A lot of those useless deaths and much of the suffering that goes along with it could be alleviated a lot more quickly through legalization than through a lot of sanctimonious puffery like yours.

      • phukyouk - May 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        GODDAMIT! i agree with Gator on something.

      • bbil2012 - May 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        Also agree. What happened with Prohibition should also happen with marijuana.

    • mybrunoblog - May 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Last sentence should read if and when weed becomes LEGAL smoke up. U get the picture…..or do u ?

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM


      News Flash . . . Prohibition is the root cause of those dead Mexican cops and civilians.

      It’s been obvious to any of us willing to examine the facts through non-partisan/special interest/Military Industrial Complex/corporate drug peddling eyes for a long long time.

      And it’s become so obvious that many South American, Central American and Mexican politicians are now very publicly criticizing the current US hegemony on drug prohibition and have asked the President to recognize the enormous failure that the War on Drugs has been and continues to be.

      But hey, if we can save one life . . . it’s all worth it. Right?

    • crosberries - May 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      @mybrunoblog pretty much everything you said is completely false and I’d love to see you try and come up with the facts you just pulled out of your a$$. Most of the weed that is distributed throughout the US comes from within the US. “if and when weed becomes illegal smoke up” what???? You need to STFU until you have slightest idea of what your talking about. Until then go watch some more weed propaganda videos from 1960.

    • gsrider911 - May 3, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      you anti-pot “It’s illegal” whiners are super funny to me. And I’m 100% positive that the pot in my LEGALIZED state isn’t coming from Mexican drug lords, and it’s not contributing to the decline of morality in America, or teen pregnancy.

      Pot isn’t a PED. They shouldn’t test for it. Peroid.

      It IS not lethal, it DOESN’T contribute to domestic violence and driving fatalities like America’s favorite drug, ah hem: Miller Park, Coors Field, Busch stadium. Come on. Wake up and smell your other drug-laced socially acceptable coffee drink. Hippocrates!

  5. Old Gator - May 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    I can understand why Bud Light would feel threatened by a consciousness-enhancing drug.

  6. nghtrder169 - May 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    50 Games for Weed — 0 Games for Steroids… He need R.Brauns lawyers to find a loophole

    • Kevin S. - May 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Ryan Braun was never accused of taking steroids.

      • skerney - May 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        You are correct. He was never accused, he was caught red handed.

      • drewsylvania - May 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        @skerney: Henry Aaron did greenies. He admitted it. What’s your point?

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        skerney: I don’t think you know what “being caught red handed” means. No one found any steroids in Ryan Braun’s locker. He was not found to have placed the Cream and Clear on his body. Nobody has a needle with some steroids and Ryan Braun’s DNA on it.

        Otherwise, buddy, you sure hit that nail on the head.

      • gsrider911 - May 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        He was let off on a technicality. Unless there is synthetic Testosterone in Deer antler powder – he was using something that is not only illegal, but is a PED knowingly or not – it doesn’t matter. I’d love to have been able to strip him of his MVP award for cheating, but I guess I’m a vindictive jerk.
        Braun never refuted the test took place, or that it was his urine that triggered the positive PED result, but that since it sat in a fridge for 2 days that the results are skewed. (Scientifically that seems like a stretch)
        There were a lot of bad things that came out of these ‘allegations’ – but I gathered that Bud Commish/Brewers owner Selig wasn’t interested in convicting his best player and reigning NL MVP of any such thing. Even if it sets a new president for the Union and Players to get off the hook in future cases.

      • nghtrder169 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Still backing your boy Braun? Lol

  7. Ben - May 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Gah. Legalize it. Tax it. End this stupid drug war.

    • thefalcon123 - May 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      We have no idea what would happen if we ended the drug war. There has never been anything in America’s history that compared to it. Never before did America have substance outlawed and a huge underground criminal trade of the substance that was then legalized. I mean, what could the results possibly be?

      Oh wait…we have a perfect example of that:

  8. ultimatefrisbee88 - May 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    I smoke pot before my daily 5 mile run. Maybe he was also using it as a natural enhancer?

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Use a vaporizer. far less congestion.

    • spindervish - May 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      As a person familiar with both activities, I’d just like to say that combining the two strikes me as just plain nuts.

      But hey, to each their own.

      • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

        I thought so to, but my roommate did it in college (btw isn’t this the root of about half of all adult taboo habits?) and ran 7-10 miles up and down mountains training for rubgy . . .

        … btw, before during and after matches the club ingested several chilled bottles of Jagermeister . . . which, I guess, kind of makes the 2011 Red Sox look like experimenting high schoolers.

  9. mlp3180 - May 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Pretty simple really. MLBPA is one of the strongest unions in the country. Minor leaguers aren’t part of the union. MLB would probably have to give a lot to include it in the CBA…they obviously weren’t willing to push it during the CBA negotiations.

    • JB (the original) - May 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM


  10. Jonny 5 - May 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    They should be handing weed out to these guys when they go out to keep them from getting drunk off their keisters and fighting, throwing out racial slurrs, hitting women, date raping, and drinking and driving. All things men on marijuana will rarely ever do.

    • thefalcon123 - May 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Yeah, but there is a pretty strong correlation between pot smoking and telling people how awesome Sublime is, which is just as bad as most of the infractions you just listed.

      • Jonny 5 - May 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        LMAO!! Imagine Delmon Young now……

        Delmon to Jewish guy had he been on Marijuana instead of alcohol.

        Delmon: Wow man, that’s a cool hat you have. Where did the brim go?

        Jewish guy: It’s a Yamaka, they don’t have brims. It’s a Jewish thing, since I’m in fact Jewish.

        Delmon: Ohhhhh cool man, I love lemon sponge cake, you guys hit the nail on the head there.

        Jewish guy: mmm, I don’t bake but ok. Thanks I guess.

        Delmon: Do you know where I can get some now because I’m hungry.

        Jewish guy: Well the bakery with the big, blue, star of David on the front across the street may have some.

        Delmon: Thanks, I love you man. Walks away singing “loooovin’ is what I got, I said imagine that. Loooovin” swat I got, imagine that yaw.””

  11. astrosfan75956 - May 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Legalize it!

  12. phillyphreak - May 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    What about a DUI for marijuana?

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      There is almost no evidence to suggest that the average cannabis smoker (marijuana is a racist term in origin Craig. Know your meme!) is any more dangerous than the average rush hour driver just trying to get home.

      In fact, there have been recent studies that suggest that, if anything, cannabis users drive closer to the speed limit, and generally more cautious drivers than people who don’t use at all.

      The cops I know are annoyed at having to deal with cannabis users at all. They are rarely if ever trouble makers and can’t recall an incident where they found weed in a car involved in an accident, where alcohol or other hard drugs weren’t the more likely culprits.

      But more to the point, the Federal Government’s obtuse approach to Cannabis is antithetical to notion of rational policy making based on well-established science, it’s obvious cause of inner-City and south-of-the-border violence, and the unconscionable impact on social justice.

      This continued commitment to illogical, anti-Constitutional oversight and scrutiny of an individuals body can only be viewed as an obscene abuse of power.

      That the Federal Government has continued to take this position and defend Prohibition is a prime exhibit on just how in bed our national politicians are with Big Pharma, Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol.


      • phillyphreak - May 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        Sure. My question wasn’t serious, more sarcastic in nature.

      • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM


      • jeffa43 - May 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Truth is becoming evident. Google legalize, or weed…. or read the comments on this sports page.

        At least 75% of the American people have spoken, the other 25% are either gangs, big pharma, or cigs.

        I thought we were a nation of the people for the people….

        People have spoken…

        They see through big pharmas b.s….
        They see the political b.s. thrown at us… We are not buying it.

        If you are against it, you are missing the picture….. and it does not matter if you smoke it or not.

        This kid should not have been suspended for something that he would not get suspened for if he was at a higher level…. no pun intended.

      • drewsylvania - May 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Marijuana is a racist term? I’ve never heard that before. I mean, gov’ts used that term when they were putting lots of non-whites away for using it, but I’ve never heard the term itself referred to as racist.

      • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM


        This is as succinct an accounting as I have ever seen . . . from a word origin research website called

        What about the origin of the word marijuana? It was deliberately foisted upon the American public by a single FBI agent – Harry J. Anslinger. The FBI was created in order to fight the U.S.A.’s previous war on drugs – the prohibition of alcohol – and when “prohibition” ended many assumed that the FBI would be disbanded. Faced with the possibilty of having to find another job, agent Anslinger decided to whip up a drug scare, and he chose cannabis. The horror stories he told about this herb were completely fictitious and almost entirely racist. As part of his propaganda campaign he deliberately eschewed the English word hemp, the botanical term cannabis (from which we get canvas) and the users’ word: muggles. The word he chose was an obscure Mexican slang term (derived from Maria Juana “Mary Jane”, originally a brand of cheap cigarettes) in order to exploit the xenophobia of the public. Anslinger succeeded in making marijuana illegal by convincing the public that the plant would render decent white women susceptible to seduction by black men!

        All of which has been stated with much more words and detail in actual history books, but I figured this was a good quick accounting of why using “marijuana” to refer to Cannabis is really just honoring Harry Anslinger’s unconscionable career advancement propaganda campaign.

        When the War on Drugs is put in the context of the truth of Harry Anslinger’s career – it should be easy for rightminded reasonable people to understand why truth seeking, free thinking people would have very little patience for the continued corrupt lie that is the War on Drugs, which incidentally, was Nixon’s antidote to his perceived the political enemies . . . the hippies. Nixon resigned in 1974. It’s 2012 and his moralizing anti-American political weapon is still in place strengthened and solidified by corporate special interests and constrained judges while entertaining dimbwits on shows like COPS, violating civil rights, incarcerating non-violent minorities, entrenching misery in the inner cities as well as the heartland – and leaving a path of destruction and death in its wake that is so hard to justify that most of us rather just pretend it doesn’t exist.

  13. metalhead65 - May 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    maybe baseball does not care about alcohol because it is not illegal and pot is regardless of how you feel about. there are penalties if you abuse it which is why along with a strong union baseball doesn’t do anything about it when players do get into trouble. it is up to the justice system to penaliize them if they get busted for dui not baseball.

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Driving 26 mph in a residential neighborhood is also illegal. How should MLB handle that? Is 30% of a player’s annual salary ok?

    • drewsylvania - May 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Uh, the problem is that MiLB penalizes, while MLB doesn’t.

  14. dawgpoundmember - May 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Maybe no one in the majors has ever tested positive for haha sorry i couldnt finish, but lay off taco bell craig…it works for Verlander

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      No MLB player has failed a test for a drug of abuse. Of course, MLB players do not get tested for drugs of abuse unless they qualify under the Reasonable Cause Testing clause in the Joint (heh-heh) Drug Agreement.

      What was the disposition of Tim Lincecum’s weed possession case? If he pleaded nolo contendere and paid the fine, then he would qualify under that clause and he has passed some drugs of abuse tests. If the charges were dropped, then no.

  15. packerpride03 - May 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Illegal is illegal and if this is his second time should of been more

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      How long would your employer suspend you without pay if you were guilty of a misdemeanor?

    • shelbydawkins - May 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      It’s ‘should have” not “should of”. Legalize it. Don’t criticize it.

  16. koufaxmitzvah - May 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    For the guys posting about Marijuana being an illegal drug, and so therefore, one is breaking the law because it’s illegal…..

    So, why is it illegal? Give us the reasons you know. I know of a few.

    1. Racism, in terms of Americans not wanting to be like Mexicans, because, see, marijuana is a Mexican plant that makes Mexicans lazy, and we really can’t have that here in America, circa 1910 and Prohibition.

    2. Market Competition, as in, marijuana is competition to booze, as in, beer, liquor, and wine. Oh, and cigarettes. Stuff that spins you in circles, causes you to vomit, can lead to addiction with painful and long-term effects. But then hemp is illegal, too. Not that it gets you high. (It doesn’t. No THC in hemp.) Hemp is illegal because of the manufacturing industry, as in, vs. Big Cotton and DuPont. And who cares if the Navy uses hemp rope because hemp makes the best rope. Funny thing is, while you can buy hemp products in America, you can’t grow the hemp in America to make those products. The hemp is grown in Canada or Yugoslavia and then shipped to America. Because, see, it’s illegal. The American government says so.

    3. Only Liberal Whackos Smoke Pot. And you know what a liberal whacko is, right? Socialists and Commies. Who color their hair all sorts of ways. The men, they will rape you when they burn their precious weed with you. I know it; I’ve seen the movies. Oh, yes, they will stab you with their male parts and take away your innocence. Anyone but a G-d fearing, all-American, good old boy can tell you that. Which is weird because G-d’s been growing weed for over 10 million years. I guess, in some cases, the human element of law and government just happens to be more right than the laws of nature, and so this must be one of those times because THEY say so.

    • kopy - May 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      I read an article/short story/whatever, that a big part of marijuana being illegalized (if that’s a word) was due to big cotton lobbyists. It seems weird now, but I was told back in the day, when cotton ruled, the powers at be saw hemp as a direct competitor, and banning weed was a way of keeping the upper hand.

      Today might be alcohol wanting to hang onto the drug market share, but yesterday was cotton wanting to hang onto the cloth market share.

      • kopy - May 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Oops, guess I didn’t fully read #2. Glad I have some backup on this.

    • aceshigh11 - May 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Another reason I read about:

      In the eastern states, the “problem” was attributed to a combination of Latin Americans and black jazz musicians. Marijuana and jazz traveled from New Orleans to Chicago, and then to Harlem, where marijuana became an indispensable part of the music scene, even entering the language of the black hits of the time (Louis Armstrong’s “Muggles”, Cab Calloway’s “That Funny Reefer Man”, Fats Waller’s “Viper’s Drag”).

      Again, racism was part of the charge against marijuana, as newspapers in 1934 editorialized: “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      I’m sure Beckham was not getting high for the enjoyment; it was purely civil disobedience.

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 9:30 PM


      Laws which are just should be self-evident.

      Which doesn’t belong and why?:

      It’s wrong to kill or harm another person.

      It’s wrong to steal or deceive another person for personal gain.

      You will not ingest or possess a natural grown plant which has never been attributed to the death of a single person, except in the act of supplying or depriving individuals of the right to ingest such a plant.

  17. Detroit Michael - May 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    You may recall a couple years ago that the Brewers moved Jeffress to the 40-man roster perhaps (it was rumored anyway) because they wanted him subject to the more lax MLB rules on marijuana testing than the minor league rules.

  18. phukyouk - May 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Toe tapping good, yo.

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Busby Berkeley lives!

  19. Lukehart80 - May 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    You don’t want to part of this $#%@!

    • Lukehart80 - May 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Oh, the typo…

  20. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Blame the urine collector. It is always the urine collector’s fault.

  21. makeham98 - May 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Drug testing is an iq test.

    • nixonotis - May 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      This is complete and utter nonsense.

  22. mungman69 - May 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Wait: I need a Twinkie.

    • corvusrex96 - May 6, 2012 at 7:46 PM


  23. sfm073 - May 2, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I’m for the legalization of weed, but the guy should be suspended for his stupidity. To get caught smoking twice you must be retarded.

  24. dowhatifeellike - May 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    This is no different than the six guys who tested positive at the NFL combine. If your employer doesn’t allow it and you know you’re going to be tested, DON’T DO IT OR FIND ANOTHER JOB. It’s really that simple.

  25. corvusrex96 - May 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    I am OK with random drug testing for marijuana if and when ALL of the employees are randomly tested.
    You know besides the players, let’s have the managers, owners, secretaries, scouts, ball boys, ushers pee into cups, Then we’ll see what’s what. Would be interesting given how many clubs have the family memebers of rich owners employed in high paying jobs.

    I think we will find harder drugs than pot.

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