Cromartie: NFL should allow marijuana

Antonio Cromartie believes the NFL should let players smoke weed.

Why?

“We’re just going to do it anyway,” he said. “They just need to let it go. They need to go ahead and say, ‘Y’all go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.’”

Cromartie discussed this topic, and others, in the video we posted earlier.

Cromartie has clarified his statement.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Just to be clear, as far as I can tell, I was the first the the Jetsbloggydome to post the ThisIs50.com interview and I didn’t do it to be salacious or controversial — I did it because we value Cromartie’s opionions on football and other topics.  Personally I didn’t even think his comments on marijuana registered a blip on the radar.  They weren’t even worth playing up as they seemed dismissive of the whole issue in a toothpaste-out-of-the-tube way rather than in a CROMARTIE REEFER MADNESS!!!! way.

To give you the reader some perspective, I lean strongly libertarian in my beliefs despite my more narrow personal orthopraxies and beliefs.  So what do I think about the whole thing?

I think that former Jet Ray Lucas has been very up front about the problems of prescription pain killer addiction in the NFL.  I think that Ricky Williams has been open about this topic, for years.  I think the commissioner of the NFL has already toyed with the idea of medical usage.  I think that HBO Sports recent discussion on the use of marijuana in the NFL has likely opened more eyes on how widespread it is.   I think I agree with Dr. Drew Pinksky, who said last year that “any chemical can be either good or bad depending on the circumstance of the use and relationship with the drug. Morphine [is] good if you have cancer, bad if you are a heroin addict.”

I think playing in the NFL is a painful business and one addiction (Vicodin, alcohol, marijuana, etc.) is no better or worse than another.   I think I’d rather players have a support system to deal with the toll that playing the sport puts on their body rather than have them self-medicate without accountability.

185 comments
Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Self-medication, whatever the substance, is destructive.  

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

If Dr. Pinksky said "morphine ...is bad if you are a heroine addict" as an example of why the NFL should ignore the use of weed, please keep that guy away from me. He should be selling Red Herring instead of practicing medicine. 

I hope that remark was just a non sequitur and has nothing to do with the NFL "legalizing" weed discussion because if any player was on heroine and thought the NFL should condone the use of weed to control the addiction he'd be insane. A heroine addict would do anything, including throwing a game for a fix and that would make the Black Sox scandal look like a church social. It would kill the billionaire owner - multi-millionaire player golden goose for good.


BTW, I'm also heavily libertarian with the exception of their stance on drugs. I'm against use of any drug unless absolutely necessary to save a life. Too many people have been killed and lives ruined to condone their use.


DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

I've smoked weed everyday since I was 15. That is 12 years.

I'm heathly, college educated, have a career, I drive a Lincoln mkz, have a beautiful GF and own a condo. But the biggest thing is, I'm a great human being.

Weed is something people do, it does not define who the person is.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@DrJonathanReefer  i dont smoke weed and i have a hemorroid my gf cheats on me and i live at home with my mom and drive a used daewoo

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@DrJonathanReefer  But Hank says it's an addicting gateway drug, so surely you must be lying, and are actually laying in a ditch right now, posting from a phone you stole from some poor woman you stabbed while high on crack and in need for money to buy the next hit.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

 Disgruntled Jets Fan; 

Really????

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Lol just figured it was time everyone knew a bit more about myself then just my moniker

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Hanknaples  ive seen the same study on 20/20...they gave non alcoholic beer to college students and after a few drinks asked them how they feel and they all claimed to be buzzed and starting to feel more confident and open 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@rstysanchz @Hanknaples

Brain Games had this show where they faked Alcohol drinks to a group (about 20) of British Student and after a coulple of "Drinks" they were all acting drunk....I was laughing my ass off !!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@rstysanchz @Hanknaples

Do you feel like you're naturally stoned.....that you don't need weed???

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples

What it means, Hank is they have the right to find out the hard way as well so why listen to you when they have all the answers!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

 @Brendan  / Juunit

I fully agree.!! We have to welcome any good that comes from from it but the problem I have with legalizing it is the abuse it can come from its liberal use...by anyone ...speciallly those with addictive personalities !!!

Imentioned before on this blog that I am Colombian, right??

In one of my return trips I was able to see in the Streets of Medellin the effect of the Liberal (NOT LEGAL) but cheap easy acces to a substance called BAZZUCO !!

It is the residue of the Stringy, Crushed Coca Leaf that is wasted/thrown away.

Well the Cartell felt that they could make Ton$$$ by selling it wrapped like a cigarret and sell it cheap!!!

Guess what....most of the Bazzuco were bought by kids that got hooked on this stuff and most of them finish like crack addicts, beggars and criminals !!

So I've seen first hand the Liberal use drugs and what it can do to Kids !!!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples @Brendan  I was talking more about how they can genetically engineer weed to fight cancer, stop seizures in children, and other health benefits that have only been discovered over the past decade or so, as more states open it up for research. In five years it will be legal and people will be laughing about how society treated it for so long. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @Hanknaples

You're right about the chemicals.....SC had a special where THC today is like 500% stronger than in my time.....INCREDIBLE....I see possibly even worse of a problem !!!

juunit
juunit

@Hanknaples  

Sure. Moderation is always the key. But honestly, I had to figure that out myself to believe it. Maybe it's not ideal, but I feel like you just have to trust people to know better than to screw around heavily with the stuff that'll kill them. And the people that aren't smart enough? Well, the world's overpopulated anyway... I mean, crack was huge in the late 80's - early '90s. Now, not so much, because the general population figured it out on their own through trial and error. It's far from perfect, but letting people figure it out on their own is the best strategy IMO. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples The mind may not have, but the chemicals sure have. Science is crazy, Hanker. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Of course your life experiences count, but acting like times are the same now as they were back then isn't right. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples That's a fair thing to say, Hanker. It's when you go all glassy-eyed and act like weed is the gateway of all evil that we get off track. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@juunit @Hanknaples

I'm not against weed, Trust me I coulda shown Charlie Sheen how to Party....but my two kids don't smoke nor drink and I wiould caution every one against the LIBERAL use of Hemp or any other drug !!!!

juunit
juunit

@Hanknaples  

You know, I feel like you're almost trying to be noble here by telling people to stay away and all. But, in my experience (and it seems your own as well) you didn't learn the lesson until you lived it yourself. So, why bother? You're trying to fight the human condition here. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @Hanknaples

I told you once before that I was raised in the streets in the middle of Manhattan, in the MID 1950's ....the GREATEST ERA in the GREATES CITY in the History of the WORLD !!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @Hanknaples

"You don't know what your weed dealer sells"

Listen kiddo.....I've already been back from wherever you're going.!!!

There is NOTHING you can tell me about this game, sorry ??? 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples 


You don't know what your weed dealer sells, only I know what your weed dealer sells. 


Sincerely,


The Hank Zone

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Hank has a pretty good point. But it does not mean that weed itself is a gateway drug. Anything could be the gateway. Most people who do heroin gateway drug is prescription pills.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @Hanknaples

That is total BS Brendan because if he sells weed he is selling it to make serious $$$$$$ and the more potent the drug, the better the PROFIT !!!!!

Ask him if he can get you Designer drugs !!!!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Hank, can we stop acting like people who drink don't do drugs. You go to a club in the city that only serves LEGAL ALCOHOL and can find 50 people blowing coke. 

juunit
juunit

@Hanknaples @Brendan 

How is that not an argument for legalizing it then, so that it's equivalent to alcohol? 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@DrJonathanReefer

The fact is that anyone that drinks alcohol would have to CROSS THE DANGEROUS THRESHOLD OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES......which initself is  threatening and a deterent!!!

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

This is very true hank and one of the many reasons I'm for legalizing weed. Much easier to get weed as a teen then it was o get booze.

Now if weed was legalized it would be regulated and we can stop unprepared teens from messing up their lives.( even tho most dr. Do that with all the pills they feed the children of today)

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Hanknaples  i think people with addictive personalities something as simple as the nicotine in a cigerrette can be a gateway drug too it all depends on the person 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Hank, the guy I buy my weed from sells weed and only weed. 


I will say it again: scientists who are paid to study these things have proven that alcohol is a bigger gateway drug than weed. 

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Yes the social settings are completely different and yes some people who smoke weed get into bigger and worst drugs.

Now I tend to believe that said person would do the other drugs regardless of if they smoked weed first or not. There is clearly nothing in weed that makes u wanna do other drugs. It comes down to the will power of said person.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @Hanknaples

With alcohol, you have to go out of your way to "Cop" iILLEGAL stuff!!!

With weed your are already there and it's all for the taking !!!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples  Hank, it has been proven that alcohol is a bigger gateway drug than weed. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@DrJonathanReefer

If you're NOT addited then more power to you, I congratulate you !!!

But the fact is Dr, "J" anyone with an addictive personality will be exposed to the NATURE of weed and it leads to BIGGER and BETTER things (HIGHS) !!!

In BOOZE, what you see is what you get...when you walk in to buy booze that is all you see....you're not exposed to every other addictive more powerfull substances !!!!

Also the Social groupings of beer drinkers and Pot heads are different ...their cultures are different !!!

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

My brother has no game at all. So no. And my dad was a 70s teen. He smoked mucho weed and has lived a perfectly fine life.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@DrJonathanReefer

Tell us the truth Dr "J".....you inherited all this from your folks,right??

Except of course your GF which was a personal gift from your brother !!!