“He was the gold medal winner of bong hits.”
Olympic superhero Michael Phelps is a pot head. I think it’s great; yet another amazingly successful person to remember every time the government says that smoking pot will turn you into a wasted heroine addict living on the street.
Phelps, not surprisingly, is trying to save some of his advertising value by calling his actions “regrettable.” But what’s the difference between Phelps the superstar athlete before this weekend and Phelps now? Only that he got caught smoking pot. Otherwise he’s the exact same person. So if he loses ad deals and money, it won’t be because of any inherent harm in the drug, it will be due to the stigma of the drug. Marijuana doesn’t hurt people. Getting caught smoking marijuana does.
UPDATE: Radley Balko writes what he’d like to hear Michael Phelps say:
I don’t apologize.
Because you know what? It’s none of your goddamned business. I work my ass off 10 months per year. It’s that hard work that gave you all those gooey feelings of patriotism last summer. If during my brief window of down time I want to relax, enjoy myself, and partake of a substance that’s a hell of a lot less bad for me than alcohol, tobacco, or, frankly, most of the prescription drugs most of you are taking, well, you can spare me the lecture.
The rest is only better.