Originally Posted by daredrummer
While it may seem minor Pol, things like this can go a lot father than you think.
Say there's a 15 year old drummer who's idol was Phil. He found out Phil had been caught for possession of drugs, and he loses faith in his idol. Could even cause him to stop drumming.
Or it could have a even worse effect. Maybe the 15 year old kid thinks, "Hey Phil Rudd is an awesome drummer, and he smokes pot, so why shouldn't I?"
Fact is it's illegal, and it's illegal for a reason. It creates bad health, promotes a bad influence, and can harm other people physically as well. Now I realize 25 grams isn't a lot, so the third statement is probably irrelevant, but it doesn't matter if it's 1 gram or 1000, it's against the law and he was rightly punished.
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I remember when I was an impressionable youngster and Paul McCartney got busted for smuggling weed into Japan with Wings. 30 some years later, I'm still playing music and The Beatles are still one of my uber all-time favorite bands. Of course, indulgence avoidance isn't one of my strong suits, but I've got a spotless driving, employment, and police record, so it's as Polly pointed out; moderation in all things.