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Monday, April 21, 2014

High and outside

You go to a Colorado Rockies game now, you see a lot of people sucking on mints, gum drops and lollipops. They’re not kids with a sweet tooth. They’re adults with a hash habit. It’s edible marijuana.
There’s a story going around town about a “representative” from a visiting MLB team (read: equipment guy) walking into a shop with a “grocery list” and walking out with an “armful” of stuff. There’s no limit for out-of-state residents on edibles, only smokables.

For those wondering, cannabinoids are in fact disallowed by the current CBA, but there is no random testing for them.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 21, 2014 at 06:15 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: rick reilly, rockies

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   1. Wahoo Sam Posted: April 21, 2014 at 06:59 PM (#4690607)
So who cares? Replace "marijuana" and "hash" with "beer" and "liquor" and you have the biggest health problem that faces big leaguers. When an MLB team gets off a chartered flight, just get close to some of the players, they are pickled in alcohol.
   2. shoewizard Posted: April 21, 2014 at 07:42 PM (#4690640)
I thought most teams banned booze from team flights ?
   3. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 21, 2014 at 08:14 PM (#4690660)
When I was a kid I got a book called "High and Inside" that had all kinds of nicknames and baseball terminology in it. I loved that book. If I remember correctly it was an orange paperback (the late 70s were a weird time).

I saw the title and that's what I thought of. Back to your regularly scheduled discussion about weed.
   4. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM (#4690801)
I had that book! A lot of the terminology was anachronistic and / or obscure. Not only did you get "southpaw" and "can of corn" and "banjo hitter", but "Annie Oakley" for a walk and weird stuff like that.
   5. Wahoo Sam Posted: April 22, 2014 at 12:42 AM (#4690837)
Players still drink on flights, not all teams have banned alcohol.
   6. Dan Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:14 AM (#4690848)
The Red Sox banned alcohol only on the final leg of flights returning home, IIRC. I think it had to do with not wanting players to be drinking prior to returning to the airport where their cars were parked, for obvious reasons.
   7. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:27 AM (#4690936)
So who cares? Replace "marijuana" and "hash" with "beer" and "liquor" and you have the biggest health problem that faces big leaguers. When an MLB team gets off a chartered flight, just get close to some of the players, they are pickled in alcohol.

I probably shouldn't admit that I read an entire column by Rick Reilly, but he makes this exact point in the article:

Me, I've got no big problem with it. Ninety-five percent of the violence and chaos and ugliness I've seen from fans and athletes involved alcohol, not pot. A linebacker smoking ganja is probably not going to get mad and bounce his wife off the walls. A linebacker smoking ganja rarely gets off the couch.

And what's wrong with athletes using it to relax -- and heal? You wonder why most estimates of pot use in the NFL are 50 percent and higher? It's partly because guys are hurting and Vicodin can end up a bigger problem than the pain. Now there's a cannabis-infused pain cream made by Apothecanna -- available in Colorado only -- that I'm told gets great results.
   8. RMc is organizationalwide! Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:55 AM (#4691742)
Where's this guy when you really need him?

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