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by Peter Moskos

February 2, 2009

Bong Hits for Phelps

Too bad it's illegal.

The News of the World has the scoop: A picture of Gold Medal swimmer Michael Phelps (gasp!), smoking marijuana (gasp!) from a bong (double gasp!)

So what? Most people (at least young Americans) have smoked marijuana. Many from a bong. You can smoke marijuana and live a perfectly functional, even gold-medal winning life. And certain lifestyles, so I hear, are virtually dependent on the wacky weed (musicians and snowboarders come to mind).

Tone Newman in the Huffington Post is right on the mark saying no apology needed. Drug use is only called a "youthful indiscretion" when the rich and famous don't get locked up for it. Drug use is not a youthful indiscretion; it is an adult choice.

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