Ross Rebagliati And The Marijuana Issue

Is it fair to punish someone for a crime that they may not have
committed? Should an Olympic athlete be punished for taking a drug that
does not affect his performance, or give him a disadvantage over his

As many of you may have heard, Ross Rebagliati is the Canadian
snowboarder that won the first ever Olympic Gold Medal for snowboarding.
After he won, The International Olympic Committee announced his
disqualification from the Olympics, and that he was to be stripped of his
medal, because they found traces of marijuana in his urine test. Mrs.
Bongard and fellow classmates, Under the circumstances, Ross Rebagliati
should not have lost his medal.

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isn't necessary. In addition to this, many doctors have
stated that marijuana gives the athlete a disadvantage over others because
it could make that athlete tired, or weak.

Rebagliati's urine test showed trace amounts of marijuana. Doctors
say that it is very possible that one could inhale this small amount,
strictly from being in the same room as other people who were smoking it.
Ross Rebagliati told the press that he had not smoked marijuana since last
April, 9 months before the Olympics, and the last time he come in contact
with the drug, was at a party about a week before the Olympics, where
others were smoking marijuana. This means that the Olympic Committee made
it's ruling without even knowing if Rebagliati ever smoked marijuana.

The International Olympic Committee does not have any certain
specifications for the amount of marijuana that one is allowed to have in
his urine. According to their rules, marijuana is perfectly legal. The
International ...

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