Astros prospect Jon Singleton details his marijuana 'addiction'

3/4/14 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Feb 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Houston Astros infielder Jon Singleton (13) poses for a picture during photo day at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsWhen I first read the ESPN article about Jon Singleton and his marijuana 'addiction,' I had to do a double-take to make sure I wasn't reading something out of The Onion or a similar parody news site.

But alas, it was indeed on the ESPN.com website, and this was apparently an attempt at a legitimate sports news article.

Still, I remain skeptical whenever I see anyone mention 'marijuana addiction.'

Having known (and being related to) addicts of various levels, it's almost offensive to equate Singleton's enjoyment of recreational marijuana to the perils of real addiction.
 
"At this point it's pretty evident to me that I'm a drug addict. I don't openly tell everyone that, but it's pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can't block that out of my mind that I enjoy that, so I have to work against that."

The Astros are supporting Singleton, whose marijuana use could theoretically result in suspensions through the league's drug testing program if he continues.
 
"We applaud Jon for the courage he has shown in tackling this issue head on. He has displayed a great deal of maturity and commitment over the past year and has the full support of the Astros organization. He is on the right track for his baseball career, and, more importantly, for his life. We are very proud of Jon."

Singleton has stopped using marijuana, according to the report, and it looks like he'll be fine for now.

Glad to see he has gotten help with his 'addiction.'

We'll see how that works when it becomes illegal in a few years, and/or after he retires.
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3/6/14   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

Pat wrote:
It has nothing to do with the legality, and everything to do with the medical plausibility of his claim. There is no evidence whatsoever that marijuana has any addictive qualities.

Saying that someone is addicted to marijuana would be like me saying I'm addicted to Swiss Cake Rolls.

I mean, I REALLY like them. They're delicious. I would love to eat several of them with every meal. But that doesn't mean I'm addicted.

Alcohol, on the other hand, does have addictive qualities, and there are cases (some in my own family) of people whose bodies have developed a dependency on it and they have to be medically weaned off it or they'll die. Totally different situation, and not remotely comparable to marijuana.

Human beings are capable of getting addicted to nearly anything regardless of any addictive qualities they may have.  (Including Swiss Cake Rolls)  Chemical content may make the addiction more likely, but it's absence does not make addiction impossible.

3/5/14   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

ML31 wrote:
Just because something is legal (or in this case, soon to be legal) doesn't make addiction to it impossible.  There are people who can't go a day without their beer or shot of booze.

It has nothing to do with the legality, and everything to do with the medical plausibility of his claim. There is no evidence whatsoever that marijuana has any addictive qualities.

Saying that someone is addicted to marijuana would be like me saying I'm addicted to Swiss Cake Rolls.

I mean, I REALLY like them. They're delicious. I would love to eat several of them with every meal. But that doesn't mean I'm addicted.

Alcohol, on the other hand, does have addictive qualities, and there are cases (some in my own family) of people whose bodies have developed a dependency on it and they have to be medically weaned off it or they'll die. Totally different situation, and not remotely comparable to marijuana.

3/5/14   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

Just because something is legal (or in this case, soon to be legal) doesn't make addiction to it impossible.  There are people who can't go a day without their beer or shot of booze.