By Jimmy Young
Founder, Pro Cannabis Media
Shock and Awe! That was my reaction when I heard that it was Major
League Baseball that become the first professional sports league in the
USA to change it’s policy towards cannabis by taking it off the list of
banned substances to be tested.
Moving forward, they will treat cannabis like alcohol, enjoy it
responsibly, but if you develop a dependency, you go into treatment.
Wow, what a novel approach to treating grown men with respect for
Now, please don’t tell me that cannabis hasn’t been consumed by Major
League Baseball players over the years, after all this is the same league
that looked the other way when steroids and androstenediol was so
rampant, they named an entire time frame as the “Steroid Era”.
In fact you could make a case that steroids and drugs saved baseball
from extinction by creating a performance enhanced Home Run battle
between Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa in the mid
1990’s. Who was going to be the one who will break Roger Maris’ 61
home run record for a season? MLB didn’t care what their performers
put in their bodies as long as it put fannies in the seats, and eyeballs
watching the games on TV. Level playing field? Not so much, but hey
everybody was taking something back then, right?
This is the same league that also looked the other way, when
amphetamines, called “greenie’s” were available in many locker rooms
just to give the players a little “boost” during a long 162 game season.
That practice and other disgusting behaviors was unveiled by a former
Yankee and Seattle Pilots pitcher named Jim Bouton in his 1969 book
Ball Four. In that book many stories were shared about the obnoxious
behavior of baseball players on the road, and in the clubhouse. That
clubhouse is supposed to be a sanctuary. What happens in there stays in
there. Not so with Bouton whose agenda was to sell a “tell all” book
about baseball. He was not a favorite of his team mates to say the least.
(You are not a true sports fan, or even a baseball fan if you haven’t read
Baseball players on drugs? Shocking! Not so much. Now at least MLB
will go down in history as being the first professional sports league to
take cannabis off it’s banned list. As we look at the historic end to
cannabis prohibition in this country this move will have it’s significance
measured along side the signing of the Farm Bill in December 2018 as
key factors in removing the stigma and its classification as a schedule 1
drug, a plant with no medicinal value. Now that’s a Home Run!