From former New York Yankees and San Diego Padres pitcher and Pro Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage to former New York Jets, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Marvin Washington, many former professional athletes are coming out in support of marijuana legalization.
Former MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry is not one of those supporters.
In a recent video interview, the former right fielder for the New York Mets, L.A. Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees made it clear that he believes “marijuana is a drug,” rather than medicine.
“Most young people start off with marijuana. It’s a gateway. I started with marijuana when I was young—14, 15 years old—and it led me to everything else.”
Presumably, when Darryl Strawberry says “everything else,” he’s referring to the cocaine, alcohol, tax evasion, probation violations, and more that prevented him from reaching his true potential as a pro baseball player. The crazy thing is, medical marijuana may have been able to help Strawberry during his battle with colon cancer.
Research cited by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance showed “tumor shrinkage in two out of nine patients when THC was administered directly into the tumor.” Even more proof shows that medicinal marijuana can help patients deal with the common side-effects of cancer treatment itself.
Aside from the numerous potential benefits of medical marijuana, the other thing that has been widely proven is the fact that marijuana is not a gateway drug.
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