The First Pro Golfer to Get A Cannabis Suspension Says PGA Tour Needs to Change Pot Policies
Robert Garrigus is back on the green after becoming the first golfer to be suspended from the PGA Tour for cannabis. Now he’s fighting the Tour’s drug policies.
“Every single guy I’ve talked to thinks it’s an absolute ridiculous rule.”
That’s what Garrigus said pro-golfers think of the PGA Tour’s current ban on marijuana. He said it’s time for the Tour to get with the times and stop treating cannabis like a performance-enhancing drug.
“[Cannabis] just doesn’t help you get it in the hole,” Garrigus told the Golf Channel Tuesday following his first Tour appearance since being suspended in March. “I understand HGH, anything you are trying to do to cheat the game you should be suspended for 100 percent. Everything else should be a discussion.”
Instead, Garrigus would like to see the Tour treat cannabis the way they do other legal prescription medications.
“If you have some sort of pain and [medical marijuana] may help that, and you feel like it can help you and be prescribed by a doctor, then what are we doing?” Garrigus said.
Garrigus also revealed that at the time of his suspension he had been using medical marijuana to treat knee and back pain. This is a bit of a change of face for the one-time PGA Tour winner, who previously said he “had a relapse.” Garrigus has been vocal about his struggles with cannabis use disorder in the past.
And while the Tour has yet to comment on Garrigus’ call for cannabis policy reform, Garrigus said he is “currently in discussions” with Tour officials about removing cannabis from the banned substances list. He said he is scheduled to meet with PGA commissioner Jay Monahan to discus the topic.
The push to bring weed to pro golf comes as a number of other professional sports organizations are staring to re-examine their own drug policies. Back in May, the NFL announced they would be studying cannabis as a potential pain treatment for football players. NBA commissioner Adam Silver also said he would be open to updating pro basketball’s cannabis policies.
h/t Golf Channel