Marijuana is a major topic of discussion in 2016. Questions like should it be legal, and why is it illegal, are often brought up in arguments.
Many athletes have admitted to consuming marijuana to cope with the injuries related to sports. Whether it is frowned upon or not, there is no denying the fact that weed has become very popular all over the United States. Today, individual states choose to legalize based on their statewide values, but most sporting franchises still don't condone its use. Sports organizations generally look down upon marijuana usage. Players are suspended, or fined large sums of money for smoking or consuming the drug.
It seems that athletes are likely to smoke marijuana, because they endure so much more physical play than normal people from day-to-day. There is a correlation between the athletes that smoke more, and the hard hitting sports they play. It seems that marijuana use is the most prevalent in sports like football, where the very game is predicated on inflicting pain.
Whether the athlete believes marijuana should be legal or not is irrelevant, as it is a topic that needs to be discussed within organizations of sports. There needs to be a definite answer to these player's injury needs, and maybe it doesn't need to be marijuana, but the sporting organizations around the globe need to address the situation at hand.
The players in this list have been arrested for marijuana possession, meaning they were caught with it in a place where it is illegal. That being said, even in the states where marijuana has legalized, the athletes still get in serious trouble if they are found with marijuana. Not by the state or police, but by the league and organization. The drug policies of sports league's in the U.S. are very serious, and are not taken lightly internally.
As always feel free to leave us some comments in the section below, and let us know if there is an athlete that we missed on this list.
15 15. Santonio Holmes
14 14. Ferguson Jenkins
Jenkins played in the MLB, and was a Cy Young winner during his Hall of Fame career. In 1980 during the middle of his playing career, he was arrested, and also charged with cocaine, hash, and weed possession. He received a nifty suspension of 20 games, and was fined $10,000 for the infraction.
13 13. Damon Stoudamire
The 1996 NBA Rookie of the Year couldn't stay off the wacky tobacky. In 2002, Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire were pulled over for speeding, and in the process they were arrested for marijuana possession, and driving while high. In 2003, he was also arrested for a similar possession charge. After a 90 day rehab treatment, Damon was back in action for Portland, as he passed all the drug tests, and returned to the NBA.
12 12. Chris Webber
11 11. Robert Parish
10 10. Warren Sapp
9 9. Rasheed Wallace
8 8. Michael Vick
7 7. Nick Diaz
6 6. Ross Rebagliati
5 5. Tim Lincecum
4 4. Ricky Williams
The former Miami Dolphins running back has a long list of trouble with the law. He failed three drug tests, and had a one year ban from the NFL back in 2004. He returned to the league in 2006, but also faced drug charges and problems with the NFL for trying to avoid policies.
Williams studied Holistic Drugs at college during his year off from the NFL, and said that he believes marijuana is not a drug. He thinks it can treat his mental disorder of anxiety, and other mental problems.
3 3. Randy Moss
2 2. Michael Phelps
1 1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareeem was known for the legendary sky hook, and not so much for being a pothead. The six time NBA champion, and the NBA's All Time Leading Scorer was arrested twice for drug related charges. His first charge was for having six grams of marijuana in Toronto, and his second charge was for driving under the influence in L.A. He now has a prescription in California for medicinal marijuana, which puts him in the clear as far as the law goes.
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