NFL suspends Reuben Foster two games without pay

FILE – In this May 30, 2018, file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster walks on the field during a practice at the team’s NFL football training facility in Santa Clara, Calif. 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s conduct and substance abuse policy. The NFL said Tuesday, July 3, 2018, that Foster will also be fined for violations from a weapons offense and misdemeanor drug charge that were resolved earlier this offseason. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

The 49ers just announced the NFL has suspended linebacker Reuben Foster without pay for the first two games of 2018.

Here’s a statement from the NFL: “Reuben Foster of the San Francisco 49ers has been fined and suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL’s Conduct and Substances of Abuse policies. The violations stem from a weapons offense and a misdemeanor drug offense, both of which were resolved earlier this year. Foster will be eligible to return to the 49ers’ active roster on Monday, September 17, following the team’s September 16 game against the Detroit Lions. Foster is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

Here’s a statement from 49ers GM John Lynch: “Our organization understands and supports the League’s decision. Although we are disappointed that Reuben will not be with our team for the first two games of the season, we will continue to work with him on making better decisions and eliminating unnecessary distractions. We are encouraged to see Reuben take responsibility for his mistakes, and hopeful that he has learned from them as well.”

And here’s a statement from Foster: “I accept the League’s decision and am sorry that my mistakes have hurt my team. I have a responsibility to the 49ers, our fans and our community, and I am committed to learning from this situation and making better choices in the future. The support I have received over the last five months has been humbling, and I do not take it for granted.”

My interpretation: It seems the suspension comes from the weapons offense, and the fine comes from the marijuana offense. Foster now has committed two violations of the league’s marijuana policy that we know of. If he commits a third violation, the NFL will fine Foster four game checks. If he commits a fourth violation, the NFL will suspend him four games. A fifth violation, and the NFL will suspend him 10 games. And a sixth violation will result in a year-long suspension.

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  1. Yep. I hope he learns how to test clean for THC really fast, because they’ll be watching him like a hawk and they’ll test him more frequently. Knowing Foster’s history, I’m not confident he’ll be able to manage it. We’ll see….

      1. I thinks it’s more than fair. One thing we all can agree on is the hope that the latest incident pulls him back from the precipice….

        1. Nice call, although many posters on this and other sites thought that 2 games was reasonable, since others did way worse and got only 4 games.
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          Now, I am thinking that Brock Coyle is a lock to make the 53, and Elijah Lee may survive the cuts.

        2. But the bright side is, Foster’s no Aldon Smith. His first suspension was 10 games. And how many more arrests sinse, I’ve lost count.

  2. I hope Foster understands that his weed use is extremely detrimental to his life and career . He has to quit using weed today and not use again even if the rules change. He has to understand his use\abuse has led him into making some very bad decisions. It would be healthy for him to stay away from all mood altering substances including alcohol.

    1. We need to get with the times. Weed is going to be like buying beer in 5 years. It will be legal everywhere. It has been the drug of choice for African Americans athletes for decades. Technically, it’s no worse than alcohol. I choose not to smoke it because I don’t like, but like alcohol, it should be a choice. Not yours, not mine, not the NFL, each individuals. Frankly, these guys put their brains and body on the line, they deserve a little fun and relaxation. Like everyone else.

      1. Daniners,
        Without a doubt it is Fosters choice, I just hope he takes into consideration whether his use or abuse of any substance weed or alcohol included is leading to problems in his life. I believe that he has substance issues and it would be best for him to stay away from them all.

        1. Personally, I would not assume anything unless you know him, OR have spoken with someone who does. I have not heard a single teammate or coach claim he has a substance abuse issue. Just because a young person makes a couple poor decisions that involve alcohol or marijuana does not mean they are an addict. I know hundreds of friends that drink, maybe twenty that smoke pot, some regularly and some occasionally. Of those, I know maybe two or three that should probably do neither. It’s still a relatively a small percentage. Hopefully, he learned his lesson. Hopefully, it is not problem, but I am not going to assume anything based on couple knucklehead decisions.

        2. old coach…..lets be clear about one thing “weed” as you call it…… dose NOT make one angry or aggressive as does alcohol!!!!!! “weed” has the opposite affect!!!! calms ones nerves so to speak. in fact…..it is a great alternative to alcohol for this simple fact!!!!
          a person can use weed and still be an aggressive jerk…… but its due to a personality flaw……..where as alcohol can be solely to blame for a “nice guy” going off the deep end.

          as a bartender for 21 years and n ex drunk…….I can tell you some would say alcohol brings out the “real you”……..meaning mean and nasty episodes while drunk are who you really are as a person…… and that the good guy sober person is really a front…..bat that’s another argument for another day.

          Foster needs to stay away from pot ’cause the league has an asinine policy on it…….PERIOD!

          he should stay away from booze ’cause it brings out the worst in a person and alters their good judgement

          1. jrs.

            It makes you dimwitted, slow of thought and lazy. Dont tell me it makes you Einstein…………..I used to use it and it made me lazy and selfish. And the people i used to hang with long ago who didn’t quit were very often looking for the “free lunch”.

      2. Daniners, wasn’t alcohol Aldon’s choice? Yes, legal but with the wrong personality it can lead to self-destructive behavior. Better to just skip it, and weed, entirely.

        1. Comparing anyone to Aldon is not necessarily fair. I don’t know of another athlete in any sport that has the degree of problems he has had with drugs and alcohol. At least, recently. Again, I don’t like pot, but I also understand that many people choose it over alcohol. They make very legitimate points as to why it is safer and less harmful. It’s natural, it’s technically non-addicting (I believe it is psychologically addicting). My biggest concern with pot isn’t even smoking it, it’s the edibles. That sh*t is terrible.

          Yeah, it would be great if no athlete ever drank or smoked, but that’s unreasonable expectations. They just need to manage it like most people. Hopefully, he does.

          1. Dan, I’m betting the tendency towards alcoholism or drug addiction in the universe of athletes mirrors that of the general population. Maybe it’s the regular and random testing that artificially suppresses the percentage.

            1. When a company I worked for instituted random urine tests for the truck drivers, the use of weed among those drivers dropped off, and as a group their alcohol use went way up. Never on the job, but then they weren’t high on weed while working before the testing.
              Any alcohol related problems occurred off work, but we got word of them; DIP usually. An off duty DUI would get them fired.
              They decided to keep their hourly wage jobs.
              Foster has more $ at stake. He has to decide.
              During the Crack Wars during the Reagan administration, someone asked Ken Kesey about it. To paraphrase, he said Crack-heads are all jacked up and spending their time doing anything to get money to buy more crack. Pot-heads are out in the back yard playing with the dog.
              Ganga been ‘round fo’ many years, Mon.

              1. iLava
                Please read it again as you’re 180 degrees off of my meaning.
                One guy’s hustling, the other is minding his own business.

              2. 😎
                I just got this ….premonition….to check for your response.
                As you can see, my main processor runs a little slow……
                🚂

      3. On the other hand, we all have a responsibility of looking out for the other person. You cant do that when your loaded up on something.
        If someone wants to be self-indulgent, they have a duty of care not to do it such that it adversely effects their neighbor i.e., everyone of us.

      4. The “weed” that is grown and smoked cannot be in the same discussion as alcohol. Period. Two-three beers aren’t even remotely in the same ballpark as some Jurassic Thunderf*ck from a high potency hydroponic lab where the strain has been cultivated for optimal potency. Maybe in the 70’s when Mexican grass was the high-de-jour, but not now. If players are dealing with pain, CBD offers a more, non-psychoactive alternative.

        I’m okay with legalization, but not commercialization. Grow your own within the limits of the law (whatever that is).

    2. I couldn’t agree more. Plus, it’s the crowd your around. Athletes are held to much higher standards, therefore, it’ll always be best for any of them to stay away from it.

  3. I take this as (mostly) good news. It’s only a two-game suspension. The 49ers can prepare because they know the exact timing of the suspension. Foster can still participate in a full pre-season and practices. He’s only off campus for 2 weeks.

    I’ll take it.

  4. I do not think he will be able to stay clean. Hopefully I am wrong but there is a trend here dating back to college and all the pre draft stuff. I think we have sufficient depth to withstand his absence. Warner and Smith can handle things with Croyle as backup.

  5. Setting the NFL rules aside for a minute, Foster was sanctioned in AL for a substance which is legal in CA. He was sanctioned in CA for a weapon which was legally purchased in AL.

    Seems like that should be more of a consideration from the NFL in the future.

    1. Correct. Outdated rules. I don’t even like guns but you can’t have them legal in half the country then punish a dude for taking his guns to someplace they aren’t. Silly. Same with Marijuana.

      1. All good points, but don’t forget that Trump runs the NFL and it’s still a federal crime to use pot.

  6. Nice pic. Good to see Foster smiling again. To his credit, he completed a diversion course, so he either quit smoking or got better at not getting caught. It’s progress either way.

  7. I feel he is an Aldon Smith 2.0. But I will cheer for him when he is on the field, people confuse athletes for role models.

  8. @ games is what I suspected would be the NFL punishment.
    I do wonder when the NFL is going to move into the 21st century and stop testing for marijuana use. In more and more states the use of marijuana for at least medical reasons is legal. It is also becoming legal for recreational use in more states each year.There is even some talk of the Feds decriminalizing its use. I wonder if at some time the NFL will allow advertising for marijuana on their broadcasts. “Yes, I would like a bud with my Bud.”

  9. Makes me happy for now. I picked 6-8 games.
    That was before the weed charges were dropped of course.
    I still thought Godell would layeth down his hammer to make a point.
    Glad I was wrong.
    And I’m time for two raid games. Especially KC where it’s tough to play.

  10. Yeah, and weren’t you the guy who wanted him kicked off the team? In both cases, he did nothing wrong. NFL’s position on marijuana is outdated and soon-to-be dead. Gun charge? Silly mistake. In the south, owning assault rifles is legal. That’s where he came from. Probably, didn’t think twice about taking it the CA. Anyway, his offenses were much ado about nothing.

  11. Well my grandparents smoked cigarettes daily and lived into their 80’s with no lung cancer. So should we eliminate any rules for cigarettes?

    So weed isn’t addictive or doesn’t causes mood swings/paranoia etc. I beg to differ….MUST BE somewhat addictive because athletes and others are willing to risk give up 100,000’s of thousands of dollars, or MORE, to keep smoking/eating weed when they know its still illegal or against the rules of their employer. Please find me a cocaine, heroin, meth, etc user who didn’t start with weed…….

    Everyone is concerned about concussions and other brain diseases caused by football impact, but, are perfectly ok to allow someone to use a product that also negatively affects the brain and other body systems. Seems pretty straight forward to me.

    Why should athletes be any different than other employed people? If I showed up to work stoned, I’d be fired/laid off, or otherwise disciplined. If you want to do weed, find some other employment that doesn’t care (ie entertainment field).

    If you want to throw out the booze is legal argument, if I came to work drunk, I would be fired/laid off too.
    Rules are rules. If you can’t cut it, get the hell out. Pretty sure if I had gun/illegal ammo charges against me as well my career would be over at my highly visible global Fortune 500 Company.

    49ers need to get this guy a full time body guard/advisor or have his mother move in with him. Always sad to see the most gifted physical specimens on earth who don’t have the intellect or will power to give up a, ahem, non addictive drug for several years while they exploit their physical gifts for wealth few of us will ever see. Weed use & semi automatic weapons are a really bad combo.

    1. That’s because the 90% of the players who smoke pot are more cunning. First off, they don’t give the NFL any reason to enter them into the substance abuse program. Secondly, they know when they have to stop smoking because their urinalysis is scheduled and not random. Foster needs to smoke smarter, not harder….

    2. I would not say that smoking marajuana leads to hard drug use. It is more likely that an addictive personality or the type that starts drug use as a form of rebellion uses marajuana first because it is easier to obtain than hard drugs not that it’s actual use leads to hard drug use. The connection as a first step does, but as it leading to hard drugs as inevitable , just doesn’t make causational sense. There are plenty of people that use and have used marajuana that never progress to hard drugs. That process is more likely to be fueled by personality vs circumstance than smoking weed.

      1. If you are an addictive personality, any drug can be a gateway to harder stuff. If you are an addictive personality any alcohol can lead to alcoholism. Some can handle moderation, others can’t. We now know where Aldon laid on that spectrum, where does Foster?

    3. Reefer Madness.
      .
      Pot actually has medicinal benefits, and may be a better natural alternative to synthetic chemicals and Opioid painkillers.
      .
      Debating the scourge of Tobacco by citing one exception, ignores the 480,000 people who die from tobacco every year, even 41,00 who inhaled secondhand smoke.
      .
      No, people on weed tend to be mellow, and are not aggressive while stoned. If you want paranoid, look at the meth heads. Alcohol, in excess, can reduce all inhibitions. Now, THAT is a bad combo.

      1. Close to 175 people in America died due to a drug overdose, today.
        .
        Zero people died due to a marijuana overdose. Do not think there is a clinical example of a marijuana overdose fatality.

          1. I smiled when Bob Fitzgerald talked about a ‘Haze’, during the Warriors celebration. California is leading the way.

    4. AZ 49er Fan,
      While I understand what you are saying and agree that they shouldn’t be doing it as it’s against the rules. I also think it shouldn’t be tested for and hope they move in that direction.
      The argument that we would get fired for showing up to work drunk or stoned is true for many jobs (however I have known some that will place the employee in a program) is true, but so would most players. Fewer and fewer jobs test for weed and no one would get fired for smoking weed in the evening if they don’t show up to work obviously stoned which is the majority of the smokers I know.
      I don’t smoke, because I am one of those who does become paranoid and anti-social, (yes it does happen) but it’s fairly obvious it helps others overcome anxiety and deal with pain.

  12. AZ sez :

    “….Please find me a cocaine, heroin, meth, etc user who didn’t start with weed……”

    Dumb anology …
    Why..?

    ’cause they all started on …milk… as well !

    What does that prove ?

    1. Thanks. That’s an analogy I’ve also used as well over many years.
      Here’s another one:
      Birth is 100% the causal relation to death.
      Every single person, every single person who I see born..?.?………
      ………wait for it…..
      …DIES!!
      Dies! 100% Morbitity Rate. 100%!
      BIRTH IZ…….the absolute leading cause of DEATH.
      Therefore:
      Avoid Birth At All Cost!
      And don’t use drugs.
      Just say no to drugs.
      Just say no to sex. Very dangerous. #24 equates it to service in the Vietnam War (he wasn’t there) (although he ‘always wanted’ a Purple Heart some vet gave him.)
      Causality has a long string leading to………..?
      …the Future!

  13. The success of the team the next 3-4 yrs depends on the productivity of the players below…..

    Taumoepenu
    Pettis
    Bourne
    Thomas
    Street
    McGlinchey
    Magnuson
    Warner
    Witherspoon

  14. All players use weed, it helps them deal with the pain. The league knows that very well so is totally hypocritical in punishing players.

    Talking of total hypocrisy, has lil cohn manned up and apologized face to face with Foster for repeated strident calls for Foster’s dismissal based on zero evidence and 100% bias?

    Didn’t think so. Too easy for lil cohn to hide behind his keyboard. No wonder he never played football in his life. Not got the intestinal fortitude.

    1. The weed thing is interesting. I was astounded recently when Oklahoma authorized Medicinal Weed.
      OKLAHOMA!?!??!!!
      #24 even farted a tweet about relaxing Fed Regs against weed (prolly just to poke Sessions’ Crusade Against Evil Weed instead of addressing Opioids).
      By time of the next CBA, the landscape might be different.
      But punkish owners are scared of #24 about anthem, who knows how much d€€k-sucking they’ll do on any other issue. NFL owners are wussies.
      Harley-Davidson’s exec’s gots da’ huevos to serve their shareholdes’ Interests.
      Figures.

  15. In honor of our Independence Day celebration:

    “May it be to the world, a signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which Monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings & security of self government. The form which we have substituted restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. “All eyes are opened, or opening to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth that the mass of mankind has not been born, with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately by the grace of god. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves let the annual return of this day, for ever refresh our recollections of these rights and an undiminished devotion to them.”

    Happy 4th of July to all! Have a great and safe day!

    1. Happy 4th Razor and happy 4th to the rest of the blog. Got some fireworks and a cookout planned. Some basketball (no super teams) and badminton to be played. Should be fun.

            1. Happy 4th. We already had our fireworks display in Sebastopol, so we are playing rousing games of Settlers of Catan, while enjoying delicious barbecue.
              .
              I thought some of the unofficial fire works were more impressive because they were up close.
              .
              America is a nation of pyromaniacs, but I say that in a good way. Everyone had fun, safely.

  16. Who said that players are showing up to work stoned? Other than maybe LT, I have not heard of players showing up the practice stoned. THC stays in your system for what, 20 days? I work in tech and I don’t know of any that are drug testing anymore. They have the right, but I don’t know of any that actually implement it. Blue collar jobs may be different.

    1. Walsh canned Hollywood Henderson due to his drug use. Daryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden and a good part of the roster of those 80s Mets teams had serious addiction problems. A different era? Perhaps, but addictive personalities isn’t a fad that waxes and wanes.

      1. Hollywood would do cocaine during games. Apparently, he didn’t even chop it up so he created a hole in the back of his nose. Damn, that’s hardcore.

    1. Well, at least Grant is getting clicks out of this.

      Can anyone tell me how to change my avatar? I thought it was Disqus but apparently not.

  17. Weed used in moderation like alcohol will not cause problems in your life. My advice to Foster is the advice I give to all my students who have a drug or alcohol “problem” I believe he has a problem with substance abuse because even knowing he could lose millions of dollars he still uses, that in my mind is a problem. He very likely is genetically an addictive personality and should stay away from all mood altering substances. imho

  18. Prediction:
    Reuben will start hot, then have spotty playing time starting mid-season as the body starts breaking down, and around game 12-13 he will go IR and that’s that.

    He’s a really special talent, but it is pretty clear he has a burn hot, burn fast, burn out MO.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  19. Max , think your wrong there .
    Think if he gets his head out of his arse , and focus on what is in front of him , football .
    He’ll last 5-6 years .
    When you play at the fever pitch that he does , agree your body does break down ..but he is very young.
    Heal quickly , repeat .
    He plays like he is a bullet .
    Launches his body like a missile .
    And hits like a truck .
    Can’t wait to see him put one of those bone jarring hits on whoever .

      1. Shoup,
        Patrick Willis? I think not he may be good he may even be really good but great, I don’t see that.

        1. Yeah OldCoach,
          I agree with you, Willis was one of the best LB’s I’ve ever seen. His career was short but he was special in more ways than fans can ever understand.

    1. ‘Launches his body like a missile.’ Sounds like CTE inducing.
      .
      Hope he stays balanced on his feet, and uses his shoulder pads.

  20. I fall squarely in the libertarian camp when it comes to THC usage. None of my business as long as someone elses hobbies don’t impact me or my family. Having said that, those of you on this thread claiming marijuana use has no side effects are totally wrong. Short term use effects certain receptors in the brain that impact movement, speech, cognitive reasoning, memory, etc. Long term use has serious side effects on speech, memory, and even lowers IQ scores. Study after study has proven these facts. Just because you want it legalized or you partake doesn’t mean you can spread your nonsense to other people. Marijuana and alcohol are mind/mood altering substances that have long term negative effects if abused. Some people should totally abstain or they will suffer. Seems like Foster is one of those people.

    1. Houston,
      I think we largely agree. However, while I’m with you on that in regards to most drugs. And definitely believe there are negatives to abusing it, that’s a pretty large brush and covers a lot. Alcohol and cigarettes are in the same boat as are most combat/traumatic sports. However, I think we must treat people as adults. If the information is given as accurately known, they must make their own choices and are responsible for them.
      I knew about the inherent risks in football, Muay Thai, drinking those half litres of pilsen, and eating that chicken fried steak with gravy but chose it anyways. If I suffer brain damage, cardiac arrest, etc that’s on me. That’s fine, in some cases it makes life more enjoyable and is worth the consequences. Additionally, if something bad happens thats on me and only me. The discussion changes when I start infringing on your freedoms.

      1. Yeah, we’re on the same page. People should be informed of the risks and then be free to make their own choices. It’s an interesting dynamic in the legalized marijuana debate that some of the representatives of state governments who seem to be championing freedom of choice where marijuana is concerned are the same people who argued for penalizing the tobacco industry and won $365bn in the Tobacco Master Settlement.

        1. Agreed.
          Part of the reason I moved back to the Czech Republic was because of how the US legal system treats people like children. Here there are no warning signs that a stove may be hot or falling off a cliff may be dangerous, drugs are mostly legal. However ,if you f up it’s on you, bars are not responsible if you drink to much. In general I feel like your treated like an adult. In many ways I feel like it’s what America was like 100 years ago.

            1. Razor,
              Oddly enough the rules are different here. Here I’m expected to enter first to make sure its safe for the lady to enter. I should walk behind a lady as we are going upstairs or in front if we are going downstairs. In general it’s recognized that women are equal but different.

          1. Shoup, it sounds like the Czech legal system isn’t as free market oriented as the US is. There’s a reason for the so called “nanny state” and it sure as heck isn’t because of the “state”.

            Ps: it’s private liability lawsuits.

              1. Those warning signs on stoves that Shoup decries aren’t from sin taxes, they are manufacturers trying to inoculate themselves from personal and class action liability lawsuits.

                Youv’e heard of Doctors Without Borders? A place like the Czech Republic is ripe for a Lawyers Without Borders. Shoup, how does “ambulance chaser” translate into the language over there?

              2. “Those warning signs on stoves that Shoup decries aren’t from sin taxes,”

                Well duh. I agreed with you by saying “That and”.

                But you said, “There’s a reason for the so called “nanny state” and it sure as heck isn’t because of the “state”. You didn’t tell the whole story. ‘Sin taxes’ are a part of, and a reason for the nanny state.

              3. 80, there have been taxes on the consumables of sin long before some reactionary wit came up with the term “nanny state”. Does the whiskey rebellion ring a bell?

                Despite protestations to the contrary, people want their government. They just want other people to pay for it.

              4. Rib,
                I’m sorry, I don’t think I fully understand your statement.
                As to ambulance chasers it’s not really big here from what I’ve seen. Perhaps it’s due to the universal health care but the payouts don’t seem to be nearly as a high. So the juice is less often worth the squeeze.

              5. Are sin taxes not considered to be a part of the nanny state right now?

                There is more than one example of a nanny state.
                There is more than one reason for a nanny state.

                And if you scroll up, you will see that Shoup mentioned alcohol and food earlier.

              6. 80, if we want to consider the “nanny state” as something that has been so since the Republic’s founding, I suppose so (taxes on alcohol , tobacco etc have with us since the very beginning). Personally I think politicians could give a f about behavior modification and sin taxes are just revenue grabs by those too gutless to finance operations by aboveboard means.

              7. “Personally I think politicians could give a f about behavior modification and sin taxes are just revenue grabs by those too gutless to finance operations by aboveboard means.

                Yes, like I already said.

                “That and ‘sin taxes’ (more local and or state tax revenue).”

                So we agree on sin taxes and lawsuits. Just don’t see why you think my sin tax comment was out of place. It’s part of the nanny state, food and alcohol had already been mentioned in the conversation.

          2. You got that right, Shoup. Its the thing that the political parties push over here-“your a victim”. Waters down the take when you really are……………..

            1. Right catfish, our hearts should go out to the real victims here. Donald J. Trump, “no politician in history has been treated worse” than him. And after we “just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” So unfair! Scott Pruitt, hounded out of his job by the fake media. So unfair! Alan Dershowitz, James Woods, shunned by those intolerant libtards! So unfair. Victims!… Victims everywhere!

      2. Uggh. Everyone is missing on one key factor, “quality of life”. Study after study show the many benefits of medical marijuana use, for a large number of medical maladies. For me, it all comes down to the question of “quality of life”. I’m a responsible adult, and because of this, I can and should be able to make my own decisions as long as I use responsibly. I can say, without any doubt, it has improved my quality of life. That’s what is most important to me, and honestly, now that it is legal for adults, I could care less what other people think!

        1. Nothing you just said is incongruous with my post. You must realize there are side effects to marijuana usage or you wouldn’t have thrown in the caveat about being responsible. You simply choose to accept those side effects because you feel the benefits outweigh the cost. No issues from me on that point. In 25 years when the THC industry has grown, I hope you aren’t one of the people who will undoubtedly come out of the woodwork saying they didn’t understand the side effects so you want a settlement.

          1. Tobacco and MJ are totally two different plants….

            And calling it THC further highlights the ignorance or your lack of knowledge on the plant and subject

            1. Well genius, regardless of what your moron stoner friends call it many people in the adult world refer to THC when discussing the marijuana industry due to all the variations in products and uses either grown from the plant or derived synthetically. I suggest you read a book or maybe talk to people outside your stoner group so you don’t come off like such an imbecile next time.

              1. As usual…..you resort to name calling when you are clueless on a subject….

                FYI – there are MJ plants smoked all over the world that does not contain the high level of THC in home grown plants……

                You read a paragraph on THC and that makes you an expert on who is a stoner…

                No offense …you are old and your brain is outdated….name call or shout loud your opinion will always be in minority….

              2. Like I said it’s best you stop looking foolish on the blog on subjects you have no clue…..stick to the 49er games and your racist values from the 60s….fits your brain better

                Most people know that THC is only present in the female cannabis plant, because this is the one that produces those resinous flowers that are able to provide the high that so many marijuana consumers desire. On the other hand, the male cannabis plant, which is also known by some as hemp, might not have any THC present, but it does contain some CBD

                Like I stated, generalizing it has only a THC plant shows you are ignorant on the subject…

              3. Racist and old? That’s all you’ve got? You want to claim the high ground on pot expertise? Be my guest. Doesn’t change anything. I’m not talking about hemp and that should be pretty obvious to anyone with half a brain since the entire discussion has centered on people using pot to get high.

          2. Sorry Houston, the above post wasn’t meant to be a direct, or even indirect response to your personal post.

        2. Then obviously, 49….your attitude and stated stance on what other people think, you don’t care when other people couldn’t care what you think-right?

    1. While thats true to some extent… legally I’m curious as to how it works. Is your employer is the sf 49ers or the league? If so could they say the would disregard any positive test case for marijuana from the league as it’s legal in their state? I’m certain it’s not that simple but would be curious to know the league’s power vs that of the team.

    2. This poem I’m sad to say was written while under the influence of drugs, ladies and gentlemen.
      Now, I’m not talking here the kind of drugs I only take like a cup of tea or something like that before a concert or something.
      We’re talking about serious stuff is what we’re talking about, marijuana, ladies and gentlemen.
      Do you know this stuff used to be legal in the 19th century in England, alright?
      In those days they didn’t used to call it marijuana, they used to call it “hemp”, right? Which is what they used to make ropes out of those days.
      Did you know that the Queen of England, Queen Victoria, who was the queen of England in those days, she used to get REALLY really bad period pains you know what I mean? Really terrible, and in her diary she used to write
      “I have REALLY terrible period pains today, Georgie was very annoyed.” That was the King, you know what I mean?
      So she used to go to the toilet and have a couple of joints to kind of mellow out, did you know that?
      Really.

      The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner/Iron Maiden

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXSZk_EpDio

      1. Calm down old man……MJ is not serious stuff……till date nobody ever smoked green and killed a being….

        1. Oneniner………….

          Old man……………….one generation fights to rid the world of fascism, and those that are remaining are quite old, now-making sacrifices you cant even imagine.

          And another generation wants its intoxicant and calls people names with a different take on it.

          Easy to see where each side is coming from.

      2. The stuff they smoked and the stuff they wove into rope … two different stuffs there, Razor. Otherwise, why the need for those casks of rum onboard, when you have all that running rigging?

      1. They were there, I guess there was a quick shot of Lynch and Shanny, I didn’t see it. Couple of the guys were smiling during the workout, kind of makes me wonder if the workout was hard enough. I cant ever remember smiling during basic.

        1. Yea, I didn’t smile one time during my 12 weeks of boot camp. I’ll never forget our guide though. He was a Samoan. Butt ugly and big. Drill instructors chose wisely….

      1. With all that scuba gear on it’ll really force their bodies to work and strengthen new muscle groups.

  21. sebnynah says:
    July 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Happy 4th…

    America is a nation of pyromaniacs…

    Misdirection won’t work here Seb. You and your son nearly set your neighborhood ablaze with that sparking weedeater, catching your neighbors fence on fire. I notice you claimed to be the hero, jumping in with a firehose after shooing the firemen away.

    They must have thought they were dealing with a crazy.

    I am glad fire fighters limited the damage to just two properties before it burnt other homes down.

    Seb, chainsaws and weed eaters are not toys and should be well maintained before use. Just imagining you doing yard work in my neigborhood is a chilling thought.

    1. And the whilte phosphorus story you told last year when you taught the neigborhood teenagers to fire off military grade munitions on the school playground was just another of your pyromaniac escapades….How the neighbors let you within one mile of their 4th of July fireworks celebration is a mystery, but somehow you seem to lurk where pyrotechnics are raging ?

  22. I rather have my POTUS receive a Nobel award….instead of being portrayed has a nappy clad orange baby

    A giant balloon dubbed “Trump baby” has been given the green light to fly near parliament during the president’s UK visit.

    1. I’d rather fast forward three weeks and get into training camp. Can’t wait for the steady rain of Grant’s hot takes…

      1. Lets hope for a break, Cassie. But with 45 making even buying a f-ing Harley-Davidson a political act, I’m less than hopeful. It’s the world we live in now. Can football training camp save us? As long as 45 doesn’t demand they play the Anthem to start practices.

    2. I’d rather have zero political crap on a sports blog, but I know the it is more likely for the Cleveland Browns to become a Super Bowl dynasty before that will happen.

      1. Dumb enough to become your president, old man. Actually he’s done a hell of a lot of what he said he was going to do, and he’s done it expeditiously. That makes those that voted for him happy, and Mad Maxine apoplectic….

  23. In order to enlighten a segment of the blog, Marijuana used to be legal. In fact, previous to the revolutionary period, farmers were encouraged to grow 100 plants. George Washington grew marijuana. The first 2 drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp. Marihuana used to be taxed.
    .
    However, the drug companies, Big Tobacco and the alcohol industries considered pot to be competition, so they declared it to be a poison. The Controlled Substance Act declared Pot to have no positive attributes, even medicinally. That is a flat out lie, because Marijuana has been in pharmacopoeia for 5000 years. Pot even helps some cancer patients, so the benefits are extensive and irrefutable.
    .
    Reefer madness pervades society, even the NFL. Players want an alternative to synthetic painkillers and opioides, but are prevented from obtaining a natural solution. Pot in no way gives a player an advantage playing, but could aid in pain relief and recuperation.
    .
    The NFL should study CTE, and they should also study the beneficial medicinal uses of Marijuana. Then they should make sane drug regulations.
    .
    While the NFL has Reefer Madness laws, I hope RF makes mature, sober decisions. He should not jeopardize his career over a recreational drug, even if it does have medicinal benefits. Sounds like he lost one paycheck over pot. I hope he does not lose any more paychecks.

      1. I would also throw in the restrictive Pot law attacks against minorities and the counter culture, (Jazz, Hippies, Anti war) because there is also a political and class warfare element.
        .
        However, I refrained in the previous post, because it is a divisive subject.
        .
        Still, Pot is becoming a potentially huge source of tax revenue, so even people in Oklahoma are liberalizing pot laws. Maybe the next CBA will insist on fair regulations.

      2. Don’t forget ‘Big Oil’ too. They invented a machine that could turn pot into gasoline back in the ’20’s.

        1. How much oil can you get from an acre of hemp?

          8,000 pounds of hemp seed per acre. When cold-pressed, the 8,000 pounds of hemp seed yield over 300 gallons of hemp seed oil and a byproduct of 6,000 pounds of high protein hemp flour. Seed oils are both a food and a biodiesel fuel.

          Google hemp biofuel

    1. Benefits of real butter…

      Butter is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
      Contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida.
      Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
      Contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage.
      Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
      Is a great source of Vitamins E and K.
      Is a very rich source of the vital mineral selenium.
      Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
      Butter contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
      Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
      Protects against tooth decay.
      Is your only source of an anti-stiffness factor, which protects against calcification of the joints.
      Anti-stiffness factor in butter also prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.
      Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
      Is a source of iodine in highly absorbable form.
      May promote fertility in women.
      Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our bodies adipose tissue.
      Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
      Contains Arachidonic Acid (AA) which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
      Protects against gastrointestinal infections in the very young or the elderly.

      Go butter!

  24. I don’t think weed is Reuben’s problem. It’s his judgement and life choices that are the problem. His choices, as publicized, seem to be made without regard to consequence. People drink too much this happens. But I wouldn’t attribute that to pot use. Just one man’s opinion.

    And whats with that wacko chick he hooked up with. Most guys can spot this kind of drama a mile away…

  25. EA Sports explains why 49ers’ Dante Pettis is the third-highest rated rookie receiver in Madden 19
    July 4, 2018 at 4:54 PM •

    EA Sports posted the names of the top-rated NFL rookies of the 2018 NFL Draft class in Madden 19.

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis was the third-highest rated rookie among his position group.

    1 D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (Pick No. 24) – 77 OVR
    2 Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (Pick No. 26) – 77 OVR
    3 Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers (Pick No. 44) – 76 OVR
    4 Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (Pick No. 40) – 75 OVR
    6 Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears (Pick No. 51) – 74 OVR

    EA Sports website had the following to say about Pettis’:

    “Pettis and the other WRs mentioned so far are under the Deep Threat Archetype, so he carries similar scores in his ratings. At 90 Speed, he doesn’t carry the same breakaway potential as Moore or Ridley, but his hands are a nice tradeoff. An 85 Catching makes him the most dependable of this five.

    He can’t do anything too fancy with it once he catches it, without a ball carrying move above 90, but at least he can grab the pass if it’s within reach.”

    https://www.49erswebzone.com/articles/116823-sports-explains-49ers-pettis-third-highest-rookie-receiver-madden/

    1. Hands, route running, position versatility, accurate QB, and a play caller that can scheme people open. Pettis has a bright future ahead of him.

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