A debate about Marijuana
I know a lot of you believe suspending Ricky Williams for testing positive for Marijuana is wrong. I know a lot of you think Marijuana is no more harmful, maybe less so, than alcohol. I know a lot of you think the NFL's inability to keep secret test results, well, secret is a greater misdeed than actually testing for the drug in the first place.
I'm not going to argue any of those points with you because I doubt I could change your mind. But consider this:
Marijuana is illegal. That is a cold, unavoidable, undeniable fact. It is illegal throughout the US and certainly in Florida where Ricky Williams wants to make his living. So to excuse his use of the illegal drug is simply excusing someone breaking the law. Look, running a red light isn't horrible. People do it every day. That doesn't make it right. It is illegal. Period.
Being Cuban-born, someone asked me the other day what I thought of the current immigration debate going on, guessing I would be in favor of open borders. My response was the same as a pundit I heard recently when he was asked his opinion about illegal immigration. "It's illegal," he said.
Simple as that. Illegal immigration is illegal. Marijuana is illegal. Running that red light? Illegal.
At some point in our society bogged down by relativism we really do have to draw lines over which people cannot cross. Some of you may call that intolerance. I call it order. Face it, this is not a gray issue. The law is black and white. And we have to obey that law to protect losing the order and excellence of our society. Otherwise we become a bunch of nuts doing whatever we want.
Now you may not agree with the law and that is your right. But you don't have the right to break the law. You have the right to call your local politician and try to get the law changed. But none of us have the right to run red lights, or water our lawns whenever we want during a drought, or smoke Marijuana. Those rights simply do not exist.
Beyond the fact Marijuana is ILLEGAL, the NFL includes Marijuana among its banned substances. That means the stuff is a double no-no. It is no secret to any NFL player, least of all Ricky, that if you test positive for Marijuana, you are outside the bounds of NFL rules. How much more plain can it be?
If Ricky needs Marijuana to medicate some unknown condition, I guess it's his choice to do that. But he forfeits his privilege of playing in the NFL.
A few years ago, Lester Hayes became a Pro Bowl cornerback, in part, by covering his body with a sticky substance that allowed him to catch the football. The guy was often interviewed about become a human Velcro with the substance all over his uniform and he once said it was a big reason he reached his level of success.
Well, the NFL eventually banned the substance. Hayes then had the choice of complying with the ban or, after many fines, probably being suspended. He wanted to play enough that he discarded the sticky substance. Guess what? Lester Hayes was still a fine player without the stuff.
Ricky Williams is obviously fond of Marijuana. But the NFL has banned it. So Ricky has to make his choice of complying with the ban or finding something else to do. It's a matter of choice, people. No one is FORCING Williams to stop smoking Marijuana. But he can't be smoking the stuff and play football any more than he can use brass knuckles to ward off tacklers.
It's not about whether Marijuana gets a bad rap. It's not about whether it's harmless. It's just not allowed.
And so it is not a debate.