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Michael Phelps Smokes Pot ...

Posted by The_Chef On 12:45 AM 5 comments

... and for some reason this is a big deal to people. Hmmmm ... really?

40% of the American public has smoked pot at some point. I fail to see how this is a problem, aside from the fact that the government wants to paint anyone that smokes pot (for medicinal OR recreational reasons) as someone who beats up old ladies to support their habit, loves terrorists, hates America, and is part of the downfall of Western Society.

Really people, stop wearing your ass for a hat.

Does anyone know WHY pot was made illegal? This is a pretty thorough and well sourced blog post on the subject. Allow me to quote a bit for you if I may.

The Mexican Connection

In the early 1900s, the western states developed significant tensions regarding the influx of Mexican-Americans. The revolution in Mexico in 1910 spilled over the border, with General Pershing's army clashing with bandit Pancho Villa. Later in that decade, bad feelings developed between the small farmer and the large farms that used cheaper Mexican labor. Then, the depression came and increased tensions, as jobs and welfare resources became scarce.

One of the "differences" seized upon during this time was the fact that many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the plant with them, and it was through this that California apparently passed the first state marijuana law, outlawing "preparations of hemp, or loco weed."
There's our government at work for us.

Here is what Radley Balko of Reason and The Agitator fame wants to see from Phelps.

Damn. What I wouldn't give for the most famous gold medalist of all time to stand up and tell the anti-pot fanatics to shove a large porcupine up their collective ass.

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5 Response for the "Michael Phelps Smokes Pot ..."

  1. fydious says:

    he didn't do anything wrong other than apologize for smoking.

  2. Anonymous says:

    "Everybody does it"...what are you, 12 years old? It's illegal, not to mention stupid for someone in his position to be doing it in broad daylight. It's as simple as that. As long as he's not murdering someone, he should be able to do whatever he wants? Idiot.

  3. The_Chef says:

    Legality =/= Morality.

  4. VH says:

    "As long as he's not murdering someone, he should be able to do whatever he wants? Idiot."

    So, his life should be utterly ruined because he took a bong hit at the age of 23? How much punishment should he receive? Why isn't smoking cigarettes illegal since it causes cancer?
    No he shouldn't have done it because of his position as a role model but he shouldn't be pilloried either.

  5. About that porcupine thing.....

    Can we start with Joe Biden?

    I'd pay good money to see *that* show.