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In Reply to: Smoking Pot at Comps posted by XXX on October 03, 2012 at 22:03:54:
Should they have their GC taken away? No. Did the smoking of marijuana make them cook better, give them an advantage over other competitors or allow them to turn out a better product? No it did not.
However, is it unacceptable for people to use or abuse alcohol/drugs or whatever, at the expense of others? Absolutely! There is a place and time and a BBQ event is neither and there should be some accountability or ramifications to hold people accountable for their decisions and actions. Did you notify the reps or promoter at the time? Do you care to list the name of the team or event?
They should, at a minimum, be suspended for a certain number of contests, merely because that type of behavior is unacceptable. If there are future violations, then a ban would be appropriate.
With that being said, marijuana, although an illegal drug in many respects, and an intoxicating substance, it is not a “controlled substance” by definition. In fact, in many jurisdictions, use or possession of a minor quantity is a citable infraction, the same as a speeding citation, no longer a misdemeanor. Therefore, it wouldn’t apply to the rules outlined by ZZ.
You also have the gray area if it were being used under the Compassionate Use Act, such as California and many other states have enacted (A highly abused and misused Act) for medical purposes.
The bottom-line, legal or illegal, consumption of an intoxicating substance should be restricted by the event promoter or contest guidelines and proper actions and procedures should be in place, in the event of violations.
Should someone lose their championship because a promoter chose not to take an action or have guidelines in place? No. Although inappropriate, the substance did not give them an unfair advantage over the competition or allow them to cook at a higher skill level.
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