Vince Whare's Health Protected by Cannabis Ban
Compared to the attendant risk from the pharmacology of pot, regarded by DEA Administrative Law Judge as one of the 'safest therapeutic substances known to man', the NZ Sports Tribunal and absent any evidence pot improves performance, chose to save Vince Whare from a very dangerous alternative. Rugby League.
Eminent North American journalist Dan Gardner (Smoke And Mirrors fame) captured the sentiment beautifully ina recent Canadian Op Ed.
It only "occasionally" blows out knees. And herniates discs. And tears ligaments, breaks bones, and snaps necks. And it's only now and then that it inflicts horrific concussions which can lead to Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and death.
I know what the scientific evidence says about the risks of consuming [ecstasy] and the risks of playing football and if my kid insisted on doing one or the other I'd tell him to stay the hell away from football. - Dan Gardiner, Ottawa Citizen.
Sadly communication to young potential players that might enter the sport it is a conversation to far for the NZ Rugby League Players Association! They prefer beer drinkers join the club. Effectively, this policy as good as makes beer compulsory with anything SAFER punishable by a quick, even if arbitary, lifestyle career change. Quite some message: Pot is 'so good' that when having achieved the top national award a player must be banned for ten years to protect the sports image and, I suspect, SPARC funding.