Knowledgeable golfer who acquired a three-month suspension after testing optimistic for THC in March is making the case to take away cannabis from the Skilled Golfers’ Affiliation (PGA) record of banned substances.
Robert Garrigus advised Golf Channel that he used medical cannabis to deal with again and knee ache in compliance with state legislation in Washington. Efficiency enhancing substances that give gamers and unfair benefit ought to stay prohibited, he stated, however “[e]verything else needs to be a dialogue.”
“I wasn’t making an attempt to degrade the PGA Tour in any approach, my fellow professionals in any approach,” he stated. “I don’t cheat the sport. That wasn’t the intention.”
Now that he’s again within the recreation, Garrigus stated he has a gathering with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan subsequent week to debate the league’s drug coverage. He’s aiming to open a dialogue about creating an exception for marijuana given its authorized standing in states all through the nation.
He argued that cannabis “doesn’t aid you get it within the gap,” in contrast to different banned substances resembling human progress hormone. And whereas he’s ceased utilizing medical cannabis, Garrigus stated it needs to be an choice accessible to gamers.
“In case you have some form of ache and CBD or THC might assist that, and you are feeling like it may well aid you and be prescribed by a health care provider, then what are we doing?” he stated. “If you’re doing marijuana then we needs to be testing for alcohol, too. If you should buy it in a retailer, then why are we testing for it? That’s my opinion.”
In the intervening time, nonetheless, PGA doesn’t appear thinking about carving out an exception for marijuana.
Across the time that Garrigus was suspended, PGA Tour issued a warning to gamers in a publication, cautioning them that CBD merchandise which can be more and more marketed to athletes may include hint quantities of THC that will present up in a drug check.
“Taking a poorly labeled complement that’s contaminated with a prohibited substance is NOT a protection to a violation of the Program,” PGA stated.
Garrigus stated “100 p.c” of gamers he’s talked to agree that marijuana needs to be faraway from the banned substances record.
“I haven’t heard a foul factor from a single man,” he stated. “Each single man I’ve talked to stated that it’s a fully ridiculous rule.”
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