JR Smith has been suspended 5 games for violating NBA’s drug program, league announces.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) September 6, 2013
The Knicks are making headlines the wrong way. First, two injuries, now a drug suspension. There are no excuses for J.R. on this one, and when time comes for him to get back on the court he better be focused and ready to pursue the ultimate goal, an NBA Title.
As far as marijuana in our society goes, I am not here to condone it or rally against it. In the 1960′s athletes and society used amphetamines, in the 70′s it was marijuana and LSD, and in the 80′s it was cocaine. Myself, I was in my 20′s through the 1990′s where “weed” surfaced again and was all around me. Our society has changed the last thirty years, as marijuana has been more accepted as time has gone on.
Some states have legalized it for recreational use, many states have allowed it for medical use. The past few months we have seen prominent Doctor, Sanjay Gupta, change his mind on “weed” and he now believes it has some benefit to sick people in our country. The government has decided to not pursue and prosecute recreational users as long as they are not dealers and major distributors.
Does this make it OK? No, but our nation has come very far on this issue, so for a player like J.R. Smith and a league like the NBA, who have many 20 year-olds who grew up with this in their lives, Both are a microcosm of our society. Right or wrong this is a fact.
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