Mar 072013
 March 7, 2013

julio cesar chavez jr marijuana fineBy Mason Tvert, Marijuana Policy Project

Last week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) slapped former middleweight champion boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. with a $900,000 fine and nine-month suspension. Why? Not for using a performance-enhancing drug or throwing a match, but simply because he tested positive for marijuana. Such an excessive punishment should not go unanswered, and fortunately Chavez is planning to appeal the decision. We need to get behind him and take this opportunity to send a message to the sporting world that it’s time to revisit their marijuana policies.

Take action now and call on the NSAC to grant Chavez’s forthcoming appeal, drop the penalties, and change their policy regarding marijuana so this does not happen to athletes in the future. 

The NSAC would never punish a fighter so severely for using alcohol, yet marijuana is an objectively less harmful product. It is less toxic, less addictive, and it does not contribute to assaults and other violent crimes like alcohol does. The commission’s harsh marijuana penalties do nothing to promote the health and safety of athletes. If anything, they put them in danger by steering them toward using alcohol and away from making the safer choice to use marijuana instead.

Send a message to the head of the NSAC today and tell him the commission should drop the penalties against Chavez and change their policy regarding marijuana. Let him know it is time to stop driving athletes to drink!

Source: Marijuana Policy Project

Powered by

About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • Valient

    Honestly, if all of the famous athletes who’ve been into trouble for marijuana got together and fought for their rights instead of apologizing and saying they made a stupid mistake, we would have a lot more support for legalization. Same goes for all of the celebrities who openly admit that they use it but aren’t doing much to support the rest of the country’s rights.

    How can people argue any physical or lung harm when Olympic athletes and top rank fighters are using it?
    How can people argue laziness and stupidity when famous celebrities put out movies and songs, etc, that make millions while using cannabis?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.w.knight Bob William Knight

    i agrre with Vallent