Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Sparky Dickle in a Pickle

It making the news round the world...
TV3 labels the champion player 'dopey dickle'
Stuff reports...

Mark Dickel has been suspended from the Tall Blacks' series against Qatar after testing positive for cannabis use.

The veteran point guard, who did not play in many of the Tall Blacks recent games due to a knee problem, was randomly tested after one of the Tall Blacks' matches against Australia in Napier last month and his "A" sample has produced a positive result, Basketball New Zealand said in a statement this morning.

Dickel has admitted to the offence and accepted violating the Tall Blacks' team code.

"We encourage the Tall Blacks to act as role models for young Kiwis and this is clearly not what we stand for," coach Tab Baldwin said. "From our point of view, it is extremely disappointing."

"Mark knows he has let a lot of people down and must now face the consequences."

Dickel will take no active part in the series against Qatar that tips off tonight in Dunedin and concludes in Invercargill on Sunday.

They are the Tall Blacks' last matches before the world championships start in Japan next weekend.


Tad Baldwin says "we all know cannabis is not performance enhancing", so why is on the anti-drugs sports schedule, when alcohol and nicotine are not...  the double standards yet again, meanwhile Dickle who has been recovering from tendinitis (an painful inflammatory condition, mediated by cannabinoids) is portrayed 'sparking up some brilliant game play' will be viewed by a generation of youth as an icon of achievement... if this is what cannabis consumption does, bring it on!!
see the global coverage on Dickle... and all in my home town!
If the entire Australian Rugby League were tested for cannabis the 'peoples game' would crash and burn!
"Seventy-five percent [of AFL footballers] have done some sort of recreational drug ... You'd have to have your head in the sand to think that it doesn't exist." — DALE LEWIS, Sydney Swans player, March 2002
(BTW: The NRL imposes no penalty for positive cannabis tests.)
If Mark Dickel gets majorly depressed about all this, there is a clinical trial  he can join up to run by NIDA
Pass the Steinlager & some Prozac

Blair Anderson
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