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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 02/12/2011

Elijah Dukes says he smoked marijuana out of "peer pressure" from Nationals teammates

By Adam Kilgore

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The Tampa Tribune published its story on former Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes's new rap career and the claims he made about rampant marijuana use among himself and teammates, which include Dukes smoking before Nationals games. Dukes, in the piece, says speaking out about those issues got him blackballed from MLB.

In the story, Dukes says he started smoking marijuana with fellow players, some of whom he looked up to, out of "peer pressure." He says players would sneak drugs on to chartered planes "in their man purses, you know, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, you know." Dukes, according to the story, said he shared this information with Dr. Laurence Westreich, a counselor the league assigned to him as part of its employee assistance program.

Shortly after his conversation with Westreich, Dukes said, the Nationals released him. While both the Nationals and several other sources at the time said Dukes's release pertained only to baseball reasons, Dukes now claims his revelations caused the release and also got him unofficially outlawed from the game.

At this hour, the Nationals have no comment. A team spokesman said club officials might be willing to address Dukes's statements later today, after they have reviewed the Tribune's story. (UPDATE, 1:03 p.m.: The Nationals will not have any comment about the story this weekend, at least.)

In the story, a major league official said Dukes is not telling the truth.

"The allegations made by Mr. Dukes are false," stated Rob Manfred, MLB's senior vice president for labor relations and human resources, in an email to the Tribune. "Dr. Westreich did not communicate any information from his conversations with Mr. Dukes to the Nationals or any other club. Despite well reported issues surrounding Mr. Dukes, Commissioner Selig has taken no action that would have affected Mr. Dukes' ability to secure employment with a Major League Club. And, at no time did Mr. Dukes disclose to Dr. Westreich any information concerning drug use by other Major League players."

In a phone interview, Manfred said Dukes never talked to league officials about the drugs either and that if he did, his allegations would have been "taken very seriously."

"If he has information that he would like to make available to us about who is doing what, we welcome that information, and will conduct an appropriate investigation," says Manfred. "If the allegations turn out to be true there will be discipline. I have received no such information from Mr. Dukes."

Dukes's past includes a litany of legal and disciplinary issues, most infamously the chilling, threatening voicemail he left for the mother of one of his children. (He has six children with four different women, according to the story). He was suspended in each of his first five professional seasons for various reasons. Most recently, Dukes was arrested in November and charged with contempt for failure to pay child support to two women.

During his tenure with the Nationals, which lasted from December 2008 to March 2010, Dukes sometimes dealt with legal issues from his past but stayed clear of any new charges or disciplinary action from the league.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 12, 2011; 10:58 AM ET
 
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What is puzzling to me, and I have no knowledge of what is tested on the major or minor league level, is that marijuana is one of the easiest drugs to test for. When I coached at the University level it was also one of the cheapest tests and therefor we were subjected to random tests every week. If baseball does drug testing on a regular basis, even on a random basis I would think this would be one of the drugs they would spot immediately. I don't want to get into a debate on whether it is performance enhancing. I just find it curious that Dukes or any other national never tested positive. Maybe they don't test for pot, like I said, I am usually clueless.

Posted by: sjm3091 | February 12, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Fly Eli burned whatever slim chance there ever was of returning to MLB. No team will even think of signing him now.

Too bad, when he first went to the Nats I thought it would've made a great story if he turned his life around. Oh well, I guess he can rap about what could've been. I wish him luck.

By the way, it's probably time for me to change my User ID to my rapper name, Heavy D.

Posted by: derwink | February 12, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The legacy of Jim Bowden has an amazing shelf life. That closet door just will NOT stay shut.

Posted by: Juliasdad | February 12, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

sjm3091 makes a great point. Weed stays in the system for about 30 days, unlike some other drugs with a far shorter shelf-life. Weed would not be the choice of anyone during a playing season.

Posted by: longbow1 | February 12, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure MLB only tests for performance enhancing drugs.

Posted by: DoctorJoe | February 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Pot is banned but in general is is not tested for.
A majority of the MLB Health Policy Advisory Committee would have to accept evidence that a player has used, posessed or sold pot during the last twelve months. Then the player is notified and tested within 48 hours.

Posted by: Sunderland | February 12, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

@sjm: I think all players are subjected to random tests 2-3 times a year; Players who have a previous track record may be tested more often. If it was a failed drug test with Dukes, that only would have earned a 50-game suspension, per the MLB/MLBPA drug policy agreement.

The only exception I can think of related to possible drug use would be the outright refusal by a player to submit to a screening test requested by the team either before, or directly after a game. Even that would likely get the player time on the Restricted list under 'insubordinate behaviour', rather than released.

Posted by: BinM | February 12, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

In honor of Elijah Dukes I'm hitting my 2-foot glass Chong Bong right now.

Oh, that sweet sweet medicinal herb is.

We're jammin', we're jammin', we're jammin'
We're jammin', we're jammin', we're jammin'
Hope you like jammin', too.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 12, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Laughing at the idea that pot stays in the system for 30 days. That's only the case for heavy users, like Bob Marley or Snoop Dog.

The regular, casual smoker it only stays in a week or to. Not to mention Elijah is an athlete with probably a pretty good metabolism which filters out the THC moderately quick.

hahahahahahaha

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 12, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm just glad this walking time bomb is gone. My fear was that he would demolish some poor 2nd baseman or catcher resulting in serious injury to them and then to a teammate from the retaliation.

Posted by: Natmeister | February 12, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Dukes: I was gonna start-over my baseball career with the Nats and become a perennial All-Star, but they released me - cause I got high.

Posted by: ImWithStupid | February 12, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Kilgore, your headline says "Elijah Dukes says he smoked marijuana out of "peer pressure" from Nationals teammates." Yet the Tampa Tribune story you reference doesn't say that. It says the peer pressure was from "other ballplayers." These could have been Nationals teammates, or they could have been players from opposing teams, or previous teammates of his from his Tampa Bay Devil Rays days, or just hangers-on who may have played a little ball somewhere in their day. After all, it's naive to think that Dukes would never have smoked pot before he came to Washington. So did you do some additional reporting to establish that it was indeed players from within the Nationals organization who were Dukes's enablers, or are you just slinging speculative mud on the Nats organization with this article?

Posted by: nunof1 | February 12, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I've said many times that the Nats are best enjoyed after a nice session. But I didn't mean for the players, too...

Posted by: mike8 | February 12, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

@nunof1 - might be a stretch to think some of these WaPo guys would be able to think objectively enough to investigate further before throwing something right into the headline. Prisbell is the prime example.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | February 12, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, Nats, you brought this on yourselves. Lie down with dogs...

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | February 12, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

After watching the Nats games I believe the team released Dukes because he was/is dumb a brick and could not make plays on the diamond.

Posted by: priveye | February 12, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

No speculation on who the other tokers are? I am guessing Dunn.

This is another sign that as long as we pay managers really cheaply and for short terms they will not be respected or taken seriously.

Posted by: paulkp | February 12, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, in the paper, the reporters don't write the headlines. Don't know about the blog here, but the editorial staff does post here, so maybe someone else is jumping to uninformed conclusions. Or not.

Posted by: Section3mysofa | February 12, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Was this a problem caused by marijuana or marijuana PROHIBITION? The vast majority of problems attributed to marijuana are actually problems directly and completely caused by marijuana PROHIBITION!

How many more lives have to be ruined by marijuana PROHIBITION before We The People step up and legalize marijuana?

Why is the most useful plant known illegal? It’s illegal because corporations that buy politicians fear competition from superior, safer and more environmentally friendly hemp products and because the Government loves to oppress jail and steal from the people! Alcohol, tobacco, petroleum, cotton, timber, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few, all see marijuana as unwanted competition. The best way for We The People to regain our Constitutional rights and liberties is to demand a complete ban on corporate lobbying. We are supposed to have Government of, for and by THE PEOPLE, not of, for and by corporations! Corporations are NOT people!

Want your freedom back? Legalize marijuana! That will take away Uncle ”Sham’s” most common excuse to trash the Constitution and pretend like the Government is protecting you from a plant that has never killed anyone of any age in all of recorded history anywhere on planet earth!

Marijuana does not cause aggressive behavior. Marijuana does not cause dangerous driving. Marijuana does not cause cancer, brain damage or any serious health problems. Marijuana prohibition does not keep kids away from marijuana, illegal dealers don’t ask for ID. Marijuana is not a “gateway drug”, there is absolutely NOTHING about marijuana that causes people to use other drugs. Marijuana is not addictive. In fact marijuana is one of the safest substances known! Marijuana is SAFER than many foods we consume and give to our kids all the time! Exactly what good is this prohibition doing and who is benefiting from it?

When was the last time you heard of the cops being called to break up a fight at a marijuana party? NEVER! When was the last time you heard about a marijuana consumer beating his wife? NEVER! The cops and the politicians know marijuana is no threat to society but they keep screaming their fear mongering marijuana lies at every opportunity. Did you ever wonder why?

THE LAWS PROHIBITING MARIJUANA ARE NOT A RESULT OF ANY HARM FROM MARIJUANA. THEY ARE THE RESULT OF LIES, GREED and racism. Read the well documented proof of that and a lot more marijuana TRUTH in these two articles: “MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril” and “WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither”, click the links to those articles on this webpage:
Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/home
All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/index.html

No matter which side of this issue you’re on PLEASE read the two articles linked above. It’s almost certain you’ll learn things about marijuana and marijuana prohibition that you never knew before.

Posted by: tocwc | February 12, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

While I endorse the rant against prohibition, that is not the moral of this particular story. The moral of this story is that when you screw up in life you blame everybody else ....errrr, ummm .... I mean you take responsibility, hold your head high, and try to pick up the pieces.

And back on the baseball topic, Dukes was picked off first base 9 times in 2009. .... huh, what ...

Posted by: whatsaNATaU | February 12, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I found the rant interesting for a bit, but then you lost me with racism.

Posted by: Sunderland | February 12, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, the prohibition rant is entertaining and I can't really argue that pot should be illegal anymore then alcohol or cigarettes...

But... it is completely and utterly inappropriate to get baked to begin your day at work, like Mr. Dukes claims to have been doing... just as inappropriate as it would be to come to work totally lit from a few hard hours at a bar. Doing either would be perfectly legitimate grounds for dismissal.

But, ha, this statement did crack me up:

"Marijuana is SAFER than many foods we consume and give to our kids all the time!"

Tomorrow morning when my 5 year old asks for a bowl of Fruit Loops, I'm going to be like "What, have you lost your mind... do you know what is IN that stuff... here, just have a bong hit instead"

Posted by: Ghost7 | February 12, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

yeah my endorsement did not extend to the peripheral comments.

BTW, Dukes made 8 errors in 832 innings in 2009 for a .965 fielding average despite good speed, range, and arm. He frequently broke late on batted balls ...

Posted by: whatsaNATaU | February 12, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

MLB's response was carefully worded. It DIDN'T say that Dr. Westreich didn't pass the info on to 'anyone,' e.g. others who passed it onto the Nats. And it DIDN'T say that there is an unofficial blackball of Dukes, either.
On the other hand, not sure Elijah's knees are up to playing anymore, anyway.

Posted by: sidbluntley | February 12, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"Dr. Westreich did not communicate any information from his conversations with Mr. Dukes to the Nationals or any other club."

"...at no time did Mr. Dukes disclose to Dr. Westreich any information concerning drug use by other Major League players."

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Not to put too fina a point on it, but how is it that MLB is sure that Dukes never said anything to this counselor about other players' drug use?

I guess he's not shy about sharing with MLS what Dukes did or did not say in his sessions with him?

That being the case, maybe it's not such a stretch to buy Dukes' versions of event, including his sudden excommunication from major league baseball.

Posted by: fischy | February 12, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Oops -- that should read:

I guess he's not shy about sharing with MLB what Dukes did or did not say in his sessions with him?

Posted by: fischy | February 12, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Cant wait til baseball season starts again!

I started a Nats blog . . . check it out if you like interesting reading!

http://www.ChatNationals.com

Posted by: Sports4eva | February 12, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Still think this belong with Steinberg on the Sports Bog or Bong.

Posted by: periculum | February 13, 2011 3:08 AM | Report abuse

As an "interesting" aside to the Marijuana rants ... trivia question:

The United States government actually grew various forms of marijuana and hemp to study from around the turn of the 18th century to the 1940's, On a rather large multi-acre plot in the DC area near the Potomac River

Where was it or what is on that site today?

Posted by: periculum | February 13, 2011 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Sunderland,

I believe part of what he is talking about the history of prohibition, where many who first advocated for it did so because they were anti-Mexican. There is a lot of hard data about that one. Also a lot of evidence that cops use the war on drugs excuse more to search the property of minorities than whites.


Also a list of Nats who I am guessing like the Gage, it would read like the whole roster. Guys we all know Young is one of the guys Dukes is talking about, the man we asked to mentor Dukes from criminal to professional, shockingly it worked, Dukes didn't get into any trouble his time in DC, because pot is the responsible mans vice.

When is conservative america going to give up their "moral" crusade. There is a pothead in every company, every family, every church, and every sports team. They can be the runt or the most successful person you know. If you don't think there is a pot head on each team, you probably don't think there is a gay man on each team.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 13, 2011 7:03 AM | Report abuse

So, in retrospect, Dukes was picked off 9 times in 2009 and made boneheaded plays in the field and running the bases because he was smoking? Then pray tell, what was Nyjer Morgan into last season? Must have been VERY high grade.

Posted by: Natstoyou | February 13, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm not buying Dukes' stories just yet, but it's interesting that he seems to specifically mention smoking before *home* games.
Why only games at home?
Someone not traveling with the team?
(For example, Dmitri Young, under contract but injured for 2009, was he in DC during some of 2009 but not making road trips?)

Posted by: Sunderland | February 13, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Yeah those were cheap shots I took on caught stealing and fielding - but the subtext there was really meant to focus on the performance issues that left Dukes without a job. He was a detriment to the team on and off the field.

And I'll take the bait: Morgan is a much better - much better - man to have on the team than Dukes. Morgan's errors of aggression are far more forgivable than Dukes errors of judgement and character.

Posted by: whatsaNATaU | February 13, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Vague, unsubstantiated, non-specific allegations about "some guys" sound more like sour grapes than anything else.

Posted by: js_edit | February 13, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Sunderland,

If you'd take the time to READ the links I posted in my first comment you'd see that marijuana PROHIBITION has it's roots in racism. It's a well documented FACT! Racism still plays a big part in this SHAM of a law, if you want some proof of that go here: http://www.csdp.org/news/news/clergydvd.htm

Just as many whites do drugs as minorities but guess who getts arrested the most and guess who does the bulk of the jail time on drug charges. Visit the link above and LEARN the truth that has obviously escaped you.

We'll all be a lot better off when "We The People" grow enough of a backbone to legalize marijuana by popular vote!

The Constitutional right to freedom of religion, free speech, a free press, to keep and bear arms, to be secure in your person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, to life, liberty and property, to be protected from having your property taken by the government without due process of law and without just compensation, to confront the witnesses against you, to be protected from excessive bail, excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, to vote and others have been unjustly denied to tens of millions of Americans in the name of marijuana prohibition.

Every taxpayer funds this SHAM of a law and everyone is losing Constitutional rights and liberty because of it. If you think only marijuana consumers are harmed by this unnecessary wasteful harmful prohibition... THINK AGAIN!

You might want to Google: drug war victims

Posted by: tocwc | February 13, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Alcohol prohibition in the US run from 1919 to 1933 - Now google 'The Great Wall Street Crash' and see when that happened!

During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on education etc. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?

http://1929crash.com/

China has recently been in negotiation with a number of countries, asking them to replace the Dollar with the Chinese Yuan as their reserve currency. This, when it happens, will remove the Federal Government's ability to keep printing cash to cover the trillions it costs to fund prohibition. It’ll bring true freedom but the transition period will be more hectic than a slasher movie. It never had to be this way; we should have learned our lesson from studying the mayhem that alcohol prohibition wreaked on us.

We all have our victories and defeats as regards fear, but most of us strive not to let fear rule our hearts or our minds. Being free means being free to live and love as if death and fear had no power over us. Freedom also means that we have an ethical and moral responsibility to expose blind hate, lies and ignorance by shining eternal light, truth and love, sending such dark forces fleeing to the shadows from whence they came.

We explore outer space with various forms of space craft, but many choose to explore inner space via nature's abundant chemistry - an infinite journey into the heart of God. Whatever, we are here to explore this glorious universe. The Prohibitionist's brand of hateful, choking pseudo-Conservatism is the antithesis of all that. Like a lion who cannot grasp that he can do more than walk in a circle the size of the cage he's recently been freed from, the prohibitionist is incapable of exploration beyond the boundaries of his own fear, prejudice and loathing. We are all free to choose how we walk our own path, but when we choose to go beyond this by supporting drug-war demagoguery, to the point of even threatening others with imprisonment and physical violence, we loose the right to expect any form of respect from the once free and prosperous society that we are helping to totally destroy.

Thanks to prohibition we're about to lose all semblance of that once ordered, prosperous and safe society. Myself, along with many others, have been debating prohibitionists on this for many years. We have shown what destruction prohibition has wrought on all the civil institutions of this once great nation, -we've always provided facts and statistics - they, the prohibitionists, have countered with either lies, personal abuse or even serious threats of violence.

Posted by: malcolmkyle | February 13, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Ending the insanity of drug prohibition by legalized regulation, respecting the rights of the responsible users and focusing on addiction as a sickness, like we do with alcohol and tobacco, may save what remains of our economy and civil institutions along with countless lives and livelihoods. Prohibition continues unabated for shameful political reasons. It cannot, and never will, reduce drug use or addiction.

Prohibition has permanently scarred our national character as well as our individual psyches. Our national policies and cultural practices have become pervaded by the fascistic, prohibitionist mind-set which has turned our domestic police force into a bunch of paramilitary thugs who often commit extra-judicial beatings and executions while running roughshod over our rights in order to "protect us from ourselves".

When we eventually manage to put the horrors of this moronothon behind us, we'll need to engage in some very deep and honest soul-searching as to what we want to be as a nation. Many of our freedoms have been severely circumscribed or lost altogether, our economy has been trashed and our international reputation for being "free and fair" has been dragged through a putrid sewer by vicious narrow-minded drug warrior zealots who are ignorant of abstract concepts such as truth, justice and decency. We'll need to make sure that such a catastrophe is never ever repeated. This may mean that public hearings or tribunals will be held where those who’ve been the instigators and cheerleaders of this abomination will have to answer for their serious crimes against our once prosperous and proud nation.

Each day you remain silent, you help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of your own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada­'s inquisition­, it's supporters are servants of tyranny and hate; if you're aware of but not enraged by it's shear waste and cruel atrocities then both your heart and soul must surely be dead.

Millions of fearless Egyptians have shown us that recognizing oppression also carries the weight of responsibility to act upon and oppose that oppression -in this case, our own Traitorous and Dysfunctional Federal Government- with humility and nobility.

Posted by: malcolmkyle | February 13, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Ghost7,

It's hilarious that you'd choose a kid’s breakfast cereal to compare marijuana to! READ THE LABEL ON THE CEREAL BOX, THEN LOOK UP THE CHEMICALS LISTED THERE!

Some of the most nutritious foods known can be made from marijuana. Do a little research and you’ll see just how marijuana stacks up against a lot of foods we give our kids every day. Marijuana is NONTOXIC!

I never suggested that you give your 5 year old a bong hit but if you want a quick lesson on just how safe marijuana really is, READ THIS:

In 1988, after reviewing all the scientific evidence presented in a lengthy lawsuit against the government’s prohibition of medical marijuana, the DEA’s own administrative law judge (Judge Francis Young) wrote:
“MARIJUANA, IN ITS NATURAL FORM, IS ONE OF THE SAFEST THERAPEUTICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES KNOWN. IN STRICT MEDICAL TERMS, MARIJUANA IS SAFER THAN MANY FOODS WE COMMONLY CONSUME.”

Judge young's "Opinion and recommended ruling, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision of Administrative Law Judge", also said:

"7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana's LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.

8. At present it is estimated that marijuana's LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity."

Any questions?

Posted by: tocwc | February 13, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Does smoking marijuana lead to logorrhea?

Posted by: paulkp | February 13, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

We all know that in sports etc one is not uppose to have any type of illegal drug in their system.On the other hand pot is about the safest thing that a person could use without ny type of bad side effects whatsoever especially when compared to all alcahol and tobaco products.The most logical and sensible thing our government could do is to legalize marijuana period.It is not harmfull to the body especiall when used with vcaporisor method and in cooking.No it does not promote any type of mental conditions althouth the gov propoganda machine would want you to think otherwise.To date there is not 1 single report of anyone having died from using pot at all.99 percent of accidents in which pot was found in the system was not the cause of the accident but indeed alcahol was,but because pot can remain the system for many weeks they always try to say it was a combination of the 2 which is a total lie period.If they legalize pot then they remove teh criminal element completely much as happend when they ened prohibitionback in the 30's.When compared to alcahol and tobaco products it has a perfectly clean record.Strudy's doen n country's that have legalized pot or tolerate it's use have shown significant drops in drug related crimes as well as significant drops in the numbers of tees using it as well.Adults polled have said they much prefer the feeling they get from pot than that o alcahol which is another big plus.Tax revenues from it would literaly wipe out the national deficit wthing 2 years tops and would also take care of all of the states financial woes as well,provide many jobs too.The alcahola dn pharmacutical giants though are doing everything they can to try to keep it from being legalized as they know they have much to lose if it shjould become legal.We should at least make it legal for medicinal use thruout the entire country,this 1 state at a time trend is costing billions when they all know it will be made legal for medicinal use anyways in the states.So instead of fighting it out 1 state at a time they need tomake it a federal mandate legalizing it foer medicinal use in all states period.This way they states can legaly tax it and reap the tax revenuse which they are sorely in need of right now and would also help many of us who have dibilitating disabilitys thru no fault of our own,it helps everything from depression,PTSD panic attacks,anxiety attacksmigraine problems to cancer,chronic pain etc without any side effects not to mentio not causing any damge to the liver and kidney swhich narcotics are famous for and of which many of us are forced to rely on at this time.It's time for htis country to step out of the dark ages and into the 21st century and to do the right hting by legalizing marijuana if for anything at least medicinal use,total legalization would follow along in due time

Posted by: charles0390 | February 13, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

We all know that in sports etc one is not uppose to have any type of illegal drug in their system.On the other hand pot is about the safest thing that a person could use without ny type of bad side effects whatsoever especially when compared to all alcahol and tobaco products.The most logical and sensible thing our government could do is to legalize marijuana period.It is not harmfull to the body especiall when used with vcaporisor method and in cooking.No it does not promote any type of mental conditions althouth the gov propoganda machine would want you to think otherwise.To date there is not 1 single report of anyone having died from using pot at all.99 percent of accidents in which pot was found in the system was not the cause of the accident but indeed alcahol was,but because pot can remain the system for many weeks they always try to say it was a combination of the 2 which is a total lie period.If they legalize pot then they remove teh criminal element completely much as happend when they ened prohibitionback in the 30's.When compared to alcahol and tobaco products it has a perfectly clean record.Strudy's doen n country's that have legalized pot or tolerate it's use have shown significant drops in drug related crimes as well as significant drops in the numbers of tees using it as well.Adults polled have said they much prefer the feeling they get from pot than that o alcahol which is another big plus.Tax revenues from it would literaly wipe out the national deficit wthing 2 years tops and would also take care of all of the states financial woes as well,provide many jobs too.The alcahola dn pharmacutical giants though are doing everything they can to try to keep it from being legalized as they know they have much to lose if it shjould become legal.We should at least make it legal for medicinal use thruout the entire country,this 1 state at a time trend is costing billions when they all know it will be made legal for medicinal use anyways in the states.So instead of fighting it out 1 state at a time they need tomake it a federal mandate legalizing it foer medicinal use in all states period.This way they states can legaly tax it and reap the tax revenuse which they are sorely in need of right now and would also help many of us who have dibilitating disabilitys thru no fault of our own,it helps everything from depression,PTSD panic attacks,anxiety attacksmigraine problems to cancer,chronic pain etc without any side effects not to mentio not causing any damge to the liver and kidney swhich narcotics are famous for and of which many of us are forced to rely on at this time.It's time for htis country to step out of the dark ages and into the 21st century and to do the right hting by legalizing marijuana if for anything at least medicinal use,total legalization would follow along in due time

Posted by: charles0390 | February 13, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Marijuana doesn't cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, or emphysema, and its addictive potential is about on par with coffee. The DEA is 100% misinformed when it calls marijuana "extremely harmful".

The marijuana prohibition empowers the drug dealers and cartels and makes our children LESS safe! We parents have been patient long enough, we must speak up and demand that marijuana be legally sold to adults in gas stations and supermarkets just as beer and wine are today! We need Laws based on Logic! Legalize adult Marijuana sales!!

Posted by: jway86 | February 14, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@periculum - the waterfront where the Nats stadium is? The Pentagon? It must be something intriguing/ironic. Please do tell.

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