I know my libertarian friends want to legalize marijuana. I can live with decriminalization, but we should all understand that this mood altering substance can be Abused and there are consequences to freedom.
VANCOUVER — The snow is being sprayed during divorce proceedings between the world’s first snowboarding Olympic gold medallist Ross Rebagliati and the mother of their toddler, with allegations of marijuana use in front of the child (him) and displays of courtroom histrionics (her).
Alexandra Rebagliati, 33, a Kelowna real estate agent, has accused Rebagliati — who was briefly stripped of his 1998 Winter Olympics gold medal after famously testing positive for marijuana after the race — of smoking pot around their three-year-old son, of whom they share custody according to an interim agreement.
Alexandra said in a filed affidavit that after the court ordered Ross not to use illegal drugs while caring for their son, the boy came home from his father’s mimicking Ross’s smoking by holding his fist to his mouth and saying, “Look, Mommy, I smoking,” according to an online report.
Alexandra says Ross “smokes marijuana on a daily basis” and that it affects his mental thinking and “presents a negative role model for the child,” according to the custody agreement.
The mother even paid to have her son’s hair tested for “cannabinoids” at a private clinic and the positive results will likely be used in court to bolster the mom’s bid for primary custody.
She also said she begged Ross to quit smoking during their seven-year marriage and often threw out his marijuana stash, which he would retrieve from the garbage.
Ross, 40, who now lives in Whistler with his new girlfriend, who was pregnant in January, admitted to the court he smokes marijuana “to soothe his painful joints” but not daily. He agreed to comply with the court order but didn’t promise to quit using marijuana.
His lawyers, Lorne MacLean and Lena Ronak Yousefi, in an email Tuesday said, “Mr. Rebagliati will not litigate what is best for the parties’ son in the media” but questioned the hair test results.