In the years after he quit snowboarding, Ross Rebagliati attempted selling real estate, running a ski school, working as the director of sport at a winter resort and standing as the Liberal Party candidate for Okanagan-Coquihalla, up until, in 2013, he finally decided to get in to the marijuana company. That made sense, due to the fact that Rebagliati got well-known when he won the gold in the huge slalom at the Nagano Olympics in 1998 and infamous 2 days later on when the IOC removed him of his medal and kicked him out of the Games since he had evaluated positive for marijuana. So a couple of years later he chose to start flogging pot under the trademark name Ross’ Gold.
What occurred to Rebagliati appeared particularly harsh due to the fact that he had actually quit smoking dope prior to the Games began. His pals had not been so cautious and he had taken in second-hand smoke. “Unlike Costs Clinton,” Jay Leno told him on the Tonight Show, “you inhaled however you didn’t smoke”. Rebagliati was the very first snowboarder to win an Olympic gold medal. It needs to have set him up for life, just no one wanted to put a stoner on the front of a cereal box. “Marijuana at that time was viewed as being for losers,” Rebagliati informed the New york city Times,” The big corporate sponsors didn’t
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Instead, Rebagliati said,” I ended up being a source of home entertainment, a joke.” Robin Williams had a great one about” that poor Canadian snowboarder” in Live on Broadway.” Marijuana boosts numerous things, “Williams stated,” colours, flavours, feelings however you are certainly not fucking empowered. When you’re stoned, you’re fortunate if you can find your own goddamn feet. The only way it’s a performance-enhancing drug [PED] is if there’s a big fucking Hershey bar at the end of the run. Then you’ll be like a Swiss ski jumper going, ‘I’m there!’”
It holds true, the concept that pot might improve sporting efficiency has actually never ever seemed like the strongest argument, unless you count the story about the time James Hunt escaped from the Scottish authorities since they tried to pull him over for speeding while he had “a big bag of weed” in the vehicle. “It wound up being a three-car chase,” stated his boy Freddie. Hunt escaped, “but to be fair, he was a Formula One champion and it most likely assisted that he was driving a 6.9-litre Mercedes”.
Images It’s never ever really been clear whether pot was a PED or not. Rebagliati got his medal back after he had actually spent 11 hours in a Japanese cell on the premises
that FIS guidelines restricted pot only in events where there was a” fear factor “, where they reckoned it had clear performance-enhancing potential. Snowboarding did not count. But even so, when the World Anti-Doping Company was set up the next year they put cannabis on the prohibited list. They do not just ban compounds due to the fact that they’re efficiency enhancing, after all, however likewise due to the fact that they represent a health risk, or protest the spirit of the sport. And whether pot improved anyone’s game, it was still unlawful. Or it was. Nowadays it is not. Pot is legal for either recreational or medical usage in the majority of US states and the whole of Canada, which means you can
purchase it in a store right around the corner from Wada’s headquarters in Montreal. Which is why Rebagliati has actually been back in journalism, leading require Wada to take it off the prohibited list.” I think it’s time, it’s overdue actually, “he told Reuters.” If athletes are enabled to consume alcohol and tobacco let them have weed. It is the only thing that is good for you of those three things.” They have not yet … and just recently the Professional Golf players’ Association banned Robert Garrigus for 3 months after he checked favorable for it. The PGA argues it is a “drug of abuse”.
Tell that to Rebagliati. He has closed down Ross’ Gold, which was supposedly offering, to name a few things a $19,000 gold-plated bong, and launched Legacy products, which provides a wholesome range of oils, tinctures, and horticultural package. Attitudes have changed. The moral and medical arguments for prohibiting marijuana have both fallen away, whatever the PGA states, and Wada already permits CBD (cannabidol), the non-psychoactive hemp compound. Unusually enough, the very best argument for prohibiting marijuana might just be that there is more proof that it is a PED after all. It certainly appears to help players deal with pain and some say it enhances their mental focus too.
In the United States a growing variety of professional athletes have actually been speaking up about their cannabis usage throughout games: the previous Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Jackson admitted” it’s been a couple of games where I smoked prior to video games and had great games” and his teammate Matt Barnes concurred” all my finest video games I was medicated”. In the NFL the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman’ Eben Britton said:” NFL games I played stoned were some of the very best video games I ever played. “In MLB the former San Diego Padres ‘pitcher Dirk Hayhurst said pot is so typical the league is like a “Cheech and Chong experiment”. NBA players
guess perhaps 80 % usage it and Britton says the number may be higher in the NFL, where it has actually ended up being a common alternative to opioids as pain medication. The running back Mike James made history last year when he became the very first gamer to obtain a healing use exemption for marijuana. James had actually been addicted to pain relievers up until he weaned himself off them with pot. Nowadays, Rebagliati is not worried about whether his routine is going to postpone any business sponsors. In fact he is looking to turn into one himself: “We want to truly leverage the legal position we have right now and take part in the marketing and sponsorship of events,” he says. “Perhaps even one day things like the Tour de France or the Olympics.”