Lebron James Smoked Pot? Ski Towns Collectively Yawn

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on July 23, 2009 2:25 pm

In a new book to be released this September, Lebron James admits to smoking pot in his youth.  As a junior in high school, James admits he and his high school basketball teammates clouded up a hotel room in Akron, Ohio.

Perhaps this revelation will cause ripple effects in more conservative sectors of America, but in ski towns?  Hardly.  Marijuana and the mountains are joined like peanut butter and jelly.  The first Olympic snowboard gold medalist Ross Rebagliati briefly had his gold medal revoked for testing positive for marijuana.  At that time, another Whistler local, bartender David Paul was quoted as saying, “I’d say about 80 percent of the people who live and work here smoke pot.”

We can’t verify the accurateness of Mr. Paul’s 80 percent claim, but his point is taken.  Pot is prevalent in ski towns.  In 2006, a study released by the nation’s drug czar identified “hot spots” — areas where workplace positive tests for marijuana exceeded the national average.  Aspen and Crested Butte had the highest positive test rate of 3.92 percent.

Last month in Breckenridge, town councilman Jeffrey Bergeron announced a ballot measure that would “remove local penalties for private possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults over twenty-one.”

So while Lebron James faces a new media storm over his weed-smoking, folks in ski towns will simply greet the news with a yawn.  And another handful of potato chips.

Steve Martin, legendary comedian:
“I used to smoke marijuana. But I’ll tell you something: I would only smoke it in the late evening. Oh, occasionally the early evening, but usually the late evening – or the mid-evening. Just the early evening, mid-evening and late evening. Occasionally, early afternoon, early mid-afternoon, or perhaps the late-mid-afternoon. Oh, sometimes the early-mid-late-early morning. . . . But never at dusk.”

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