The race is on to see which celebrity or famous athlete can make the biggest pot-related headline, and Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, has sprinted to the head of the pack.
Anti-cannabis groups are up in arms about a new ad campaign by American clothing manufacturer, The Pothead Diaries. Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay kicked up dust with pot critics when he posted pictures to his Instrgram account showing him flaunting the controversial duds.
According to the company’s website, “the pothead populous consists of your friends, your family, and your co-workers; basically everyone and anyone with an appreciation for the culture. Hence, Pothead is the embodiment of all these people. He is your everyday person, the doctor, the teacher, the artist, the lawyer, the surfer, the local band member, the socialite…” And apparently, the only man on earth who can run a hundred meters in 9.58 seconds.
The 26 year old sprinter from Kingston, Jamaica once told a German newspaper that “When you’re a child in Jamaica, you learn how to roll a joint. Everyone tried marijuana, including me, but I was really young.” He concluded the 2009 interview by reiterating that cannabis was no longer a part of his life, and that he “doesn’t hang out with people who smoke”.
Around the same time that Bolt was giving that interview, another legendary Olympian, Michael Phelps, was desperately trying to doggy-paddle around the fact that he had been recently photographed hitting a bong at a party. Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals (18 of them gold), was suspended from competition for 3 months and lost his largest sponsorship deal when Kellogg food company decided that Phelps’ behavior was “not consistent with the image of Kellogg”.
The fastest men to ever don sneakers or a Speedo, both enjoying marijuana in the prime of their record-breaking athletic careers – how are parents supposed to scare the shit out of their kids now?
As more and more world-class athletes admit to, or are caught smoking weed, the question that keeps being raised is, “Who cares?”
Straight-edge officials are now trying to paint cannabis as some sort of performance enhancing drug, hoping to lump it in with heavily banned steroids and amphetamine-based supplements.
Several stories have emerged from the UFC recently, as grown men who get punched in the face for a living are discovering that a few rips of a heavy Indica can help them forget that their orbital is fractured.
Uptight parents and officials get angry when athletes like Phelps or Bolt undermine the years of fear mongering that they have instilled in their children regarding pot. Their credibility as a parent or role model suffers greatly every time Bolt crosses a finish line in first place, and every time the national anthem plays for Mike Phelps.
The real danger, though, is when they also tell their kids that marijuana is no different than heroin and cocaine and meth. That is the real “gateway” to harder drugs because, when they see gold medalists endorsing weed and still succeeding, they might feel that their overbearing parents or coaches are wrong about the rest as well.
Lucy Rowe, an anti-cannabis activist, took to social media to blast the Jamaican track star, saying, “I would hope that such a charismatic young man who is very much a role model for young people would have more common sense than to give free publicity to a company which so blatantly promotes cannabis use.”
Maybe he should have charged them for the publicity? Bolt, looking to avoid further controversy, has since deleted the allegedly-offensive photo from his account, and has not commented about the incident publicly.
In the meantime, if you are looking for a “fast-hitting” hybrid, several dispensaries across the country can hook you up with Usain Bolt OG or Michael Phelps OG – both gold medal strains in any judge’s eye.