The Cashbox: Evan Bourne’s Suspension & The Great Debate

Nick Paglino

Evan BourneWhen I first heard about the tag titles changing hands at a non-televised event, I thought it was simply an easy way to add focus on the tag division again (plus remind fans that "anything can happen" anytime in the WWE). I expected a decent follow-up match on Raw and wouldn't have been surprised if Air Boom won the titles back that night.

Enter reality.

Not only did Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne lose their rematch on Monday, but they lost in such a fashion that could only suggest a "bigger picture" scenario. The reports of Evan Bourne being in the WWE "doghouse" seemed to ring true. And if that was, in fact, the case, I was actually upset over it. "He smoked fake pot, he served his 30 days, now get over it!"

Enter reality, again.

Evan Bourne has been suspended a SECOND time and now will serve a 60-day suspension. The old "fool me once, fool me twice" cliche came to mind. I'm upset again, but now the frustration is directed toward someone else.

Advocates of marijuana will again scoff at Bourne's suspension and what they feel is an "extreme punishment". My personal opinion on the issue — even though I'm about to give it to you — makes no difference in the matter. Yours doesn't either (but again, please give it in the comments section below). At the end of the day, marijuana (for recreational use) is ILLEGAL. That means, BY LAW, you are not allowed to use it, unless authorized by a doctor.

The fact that Bourne was smoking a synthetic version is no excuse either, for those of you itching to call me out on that. Pot"ey"to, Pot"ah"to". Semantics! Maybe it's "technically" legal, but it's being used for the SAME purpose as the real thing. Ergo, WWE has every right to NOT want their employees under its influence just the same. That's why they list countless variations of every drug in the Wellness Policy.

Debate all you want about why marijuana should be legalized. As a non-smoker, I even feel you have a legitimate argument as long as alcohol is allowed. But in reality, the fact that alcohol is by and large the more harmful and even dangerous substance of the two, shouldn't be argued in favor of legalizing marijuana. Rather, it SHOULD be reason to ban alcohol.

Yes, I've been asked the popular hypothetical and I answer it the same as most. "If forced to choose, I'd rather be driving on the road with someone high from smoking pot than someone drunk." My chances of being killed are statistically lower. However, while that's a common argument for those "fighting the good fight" for marijuana, it's not COMMON SENSE. Common sense tells me that I'd much rather be on the road opposite COMPLETELY SOBER people, all the time.

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