Is it a revelation that three young men, who attended major universities here in the United States, admitted to marijuana use? Apparently if the young men in question are top prospects in this year's NFL draft, there is much shock and amazement. According to anonymous sources,Pro Football Weekly is reporting that Calvin Johnson, Gaines Adams and Amobi Okoye admitted to marijuana use during interviews with teams in February.
I would be much more impressed if a college junior or senior could claim to have steered clear from all manner of substances for the time he (or she) had been on campus. It seems just a tad naive of us to expect that these kids would have missed out on all that college has to offer. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Marijuana is the most frequently used illicit drug in the United States, with approximately 33 percent (72 million) of all Americans having tried it at least once in their lifetime." This number has been steadily rising since 1988, when the percentage was a more seemly twenty-six percent. Interestingly enough, use among college athletes had almost the opposite trend over the same time period, with the number of users hovering around twenty-seven percent in 2001, having peaked in 1985 with more than thirty-five percent.
With these figures in mind, maybe it is a little bit of a shock that these three gentlemen would admit to prior drug use. They must have been stoned.