|Posted by: Tim Childers on September 27, 2014 at 10:24pm|
In Reply to: Tony Stewart cleared by Bob Barney-RaceRap.com on September 25, 2014 at 10:45am
Bob, (and others),
First off, I believe the decision not to charge Mr. Stewart, was absolutely correct. I do fully believe it should have been investigated, as it was, but I don't necessarily think it had to go all the way to a grand jury to rule on. I think it could have and should have ended and ruled upon as an accident, by the local Sherrif's department, and/or the other Police involved, but as we know, the buck got passed to the District Attorney's office, and to a Grand Jury. There were reasons for all that, I know, but that's not really the point that I wish to bring up here. I do not smoke marijuana, nor am I any sort of advocate for it, or those who do. I have smoked it before, long ago, back when I was a stupid teenager, as I suppose many of us may have. To me, it's a bad habit, and a stupid waste of time and money. Also, it's an impairing substance, there is hardly any debate with that. As has been previously mentioned, Ward's saliva was tested, which has proven to be the most accurate way, to determine most recent drug use, as up to the previous few hours or so. This is how many employers conduct random drug testing these days, as it is the most effective way to determine impairment, at that moment. While not 100% perfect, it's close. We're getting into tricky territory here. I don't personally believe, that Ward having or having not, smoking pot before the race, was the main factor, in absolving Stewart, in this case. I remain convinced, that Ward jumping out of the car, and charging across the racetrack, at Stewart, was the defining factor. Surely, his posthumously being determined to be under the influence of maranjana, did not help his case. What I'm getting at, is your statement or question, "who cares how long it remains in the system". This whole pot thing, is obviously changing, and I don't intend to comment here on the good or bad of that issue. But, in the interest of fairness, and common sense, this is the part that begins to get tricky, and will continue to henceforth. Using this logic, then Alcohol must come into consideration here, it would seem. One can smoke marajuana, a few times, and totally refrain from it for days, weeks, or even less, then drive a race car on a Friday or Saturday night, and not be any in the least impaired from the consumption of the previous days or weeks ago. Testing of urine, or hair, and possibly blood, will still reveal the presence of THC in the body, however, for quite a while, aproximately 30 days, as far as urine, and even further back in hair samples. Ok- aside from the fact that one substance, being marajuana, is still mostly illegal, in most states, and the other, Alcohol, is mostly if not completely legal everywhere in the US, what is the difference? Do you understand what I'm asking? In the interest of debate, what is the difference, is it worse or better, to consume alcohol, as in regards to racing, or marajuana, in regards to racing? Either one, is no good and against the rules, as far as consumption just before a race, or impairment during a race, from either. Personally, I predict a whole string of tricky new angles coming up in the future, regarding marajuana useage, and it's presence in one's system, at differing stages and different events or situations. That's about it, I just wanted to toss this out, and see what the thoughts are, at least here on RR. Thank you.