Against The Ropes
(Maximum Sports Channels – Linda Morgan
) Along with the rising costs of pharmaceuticals so apparently is the cost of street drugs. If this story is an indication of the cost of smoking weed and indulging in other recreational drugs, I think we can safely assume the war on drugs will soon come to an end. This is said tongue in cheek of course and I am referring to what is being called Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s. $900,000 joint. The Nevada Boxing Commission punished him with a $900,000 fine and a nine-month suspension for testing positive for marijuana. This was Chavez’s second offense. In November 2009 he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic often used to help drop weight.
The same commissioners who came down so hard on Chavez, fined lightweight Michael Bey only $1,000 for fighting with a super powerful testosterone level that could turn even the most meek male into a human steam roller. Bey, after kayoing his opponent Robert Rodriguez February 2 in Las Vegas, was found to have chemically-enhanced, super-masculinized blood that exceeded the testosterone limit by a multiple of five.
This is a little confusing because the kinds of performance enhancing drugs used by Bey, especially in such high doses, not only give him an unfair advantage against an opponent, but can also give him a lethal advantage. Pot, on the other hand, does the opposite. True, Chavez should not have been using weed but at least pot does not endanger his opponent. It might, however, slow his reflexes and give his opponent an unfair advantage and put himself in peril.
Chavez owned up to his offense saying. “I feel very bad about the situation, I know I committed a big error, a mistake.” Bey, on the other hand, claimed he was duped by doctors. He argued that he had been diagnosed with a low testosterone level before his fight, and evidently his physician tried to get it back up to normal. He must have had a hell of a doctor who thought that such high doses would normalize his levels. And, if they were, in fact, that low in the first place I doubt Bey would have even had any desire to fight.
Marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington for recreational use and in many other states for medical use. In other locales, possession of small amounts of weed will get you not much more than a slap on the wrist or a fine equivalent to a traffic ticket. Even in states where it is legal, there are so many grey areas because its legality runs in opposition to federal laws, putting into question enforcement is strategies. There is no consistency. To digress for a moment and give you a non-boxing example: Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow, a mother of four, was released from an Oklahoma prison in December after doing two years for selling $30 worth of marijuana to a police informant. That means that for two years, her four children were without a mother and who knows what future damage to society they might do as a result. That seems like a pretty stiff punishment for such a small amount of pot.
I say treat pot like alcohol, and in regard to boxing; let the fighters smoke some weed but hopefully they will have the good sense not to do it before a fight.