Phelps suspended for bong photo; nation’s children yawn.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 6, 2009
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Give. Me. A. Break. I’m Buddhist, and we consider pot to be bad for the mindstream (though we’re crazy for our sake rice wine)…so I don’t smoke (well, not since high school in Vermont). But just about every young (not to mention many an old-timer) smokes dope here and there…it’s about as harmless as putting your feet up on a table. At least in moderation.

So I find it a bad joke that swimmer hero Michael Phelps and the US Olympians get no hell for participating in the Chinese Olympics—a country that arrested Americans for hanging Free Tibet signs on the opening day, a country that censors Google searches for ‘independence’ and ‘freedom’…but he’s hung out to dry for smoking a bong. What will America’s Pineapple Express-lovin’ youth think!?

What hypocrisy. We have more of our citizens in jails than an nation in history…and half of them are pot-bellied Cherry Garcia lovers.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “Phelps suspended for bong photo; nation’s children yawn.”

  1. Jennifer Leisch at 10:04am February 6
    nice commentary 😉

  2. Evan Ravitz says:

    Kudos to his sponsor Omega watches for calling this a “non-issue.” Everyone from ditch-diggers to pro bike racers use pot to ease hard labor.

  3. Sarah Miller says:

    biggGG yawnnnnnn…..
    the only REAL issue is the fact that ganja is still illegal, that hemp is not being used to offset tree consumption and that the government is making a killing (literally) on filling our jails with growers, users and dealers.
    wake up!

  4. liz says:

    yet kellogs, who wanted to use phelps to promote SUGAR CEREAL TO CHILDREN, as if that is a reasonable breakfast choice, has dropped him as not part of their image. i don’t think marijuana contributes to childhood onset diabetes does it? i guess if it makes you want to eat MORE frosted flakes it would.

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  6. egad says:

    The Gov is not making a killing they are losing vital (especially now) taxpayers dollars to pay for petty marijuana crimes (jail time/court time) when they could just decriminalize it and then the real killing begins- yeah, In their pocket and in all of our pockets.

    Pretty much everyone and their dog smokes weed (you know what I mean) the money made from legal grow ops/stores (whatever/however) would fund the global climate crisis for Christ sake.

    Igrow it. Big f’ing deal it;’s organic. better than cigarettes which are legal! AND Kill people!!!!

    ps- Phelps is cool and we all know what for and it ain’t the dope smoking.

  7. Alex King says:

    I do not support pot, therefore I smoke a ton of it.