A South Carolina sheriff’s office is investigating whether Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps smoked marijuana on the University of South Carolina campus.
Michael Phelps is facing a criminal investigation into whether he smoked marijuana on a college campus.
Authorities will file criminal charges if the investigation determines that they are warranted, a spokesman said Tuesday.
“If someone breaks the law in Richland County, we have an obligation as law enforcement to investigate and to bring charges,” Sheriff Leon Lott said in a statement.
“The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is making an effort to determine if Mr. Phelps broke the law. If he did, he will be charged in the same manner as anyone else. The sheriff has a responsibility to be fair, to enforce the law and to not turn a blind eye because someone is a celebrity.”
Phelps admitted “regrettable behavior” on Sunday after a British newspaper published a photograph of him smoking through a bong. The tabloid News of the World showed Phelps using the bong during what it said was a November party at the University of South Carolina, in Richland County.
I understand that attitudes change slowly over time rather than quickly, but can we pull our collective head out of our ass and stop treating pot smokers like they’re criminals? It’s 2009. We were supposed to have flying cars by now and full meals in pill form. We’re still treating pot like it’s an evil gateway drug?
I hope that my generation learns from our parent’s mistakes and drafts proper, informed and honest drug education for the next generation. The scare tactics and attempts at criminalization have failed. The Drug War has failed. Here in California, you can even buy it legally now with a doctor’s note. Since the medical marijuana clinics have opened, I haven’t heard any reports of someone shooting their best friend, alienating their dog, having their girlfriend be stolen by aliens, melting into a couch or being date raped all because they enjoyed some weed. Get over it already.