With the torrential flood of daily news, it seems like Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest was a lifetime ago when it was really only 2.5 months ago. Last week, Tiger Woods entered a guilty plea after pleading down to a charge of Reckless Driving and agreeing to enter a diversion program. If Tiger completes the program the charge will be entirely stricken from his permanent record.
According to ESPN, now that Tiger Woods has entered the guilty plea and the active criminal investigation is over the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has made the results of Tiger’s toxicology report public, and it’s a doozy. We already knew that Tiger Woods was on some sort of pharmaceutical cocktail at the time of his arrest because he hadn’t been drinking alcohol yet he appeared to police like someone 8 hours into a Sunday tailgate party. Tiger was rehabbing an injury at the time of his DUI arrest, and that might explain some of the drugs in his system:
According to the report, the drugs in Woods’ system were:
* Hydrocodone, the generic form of a painkiller branded as Vicodin.
* Hydromorphone, a strong painkiller commonly known as Dilaudid.
* Alprazolam, a mood and sleep drug commonly known as Xanax. (The report also listed Alpha-Hydroxy Alprazolam, which is what Xanax becomes when it breaks down in the system.)
* Zolpidem, a sleep drug commonly known as Ambien.
* Delta-9 carboxy THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. (via)
Most of those are easily explainable for Tiger, but not the THC. Medical Marijuana is legal in the state of Florida but they didn’t go into effect until after Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest. Florida also has some of the strictest Medical Marijuana rules in the nation, and you basically need to have a life-threatening disease (Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, etc) in order to qualify as a patient. Tiger was treating back pain and a sleeping disorder. You could easily get a Medical Marijuana prescription for those ailments if you lived in California, but not in Florida.
I’m 100% for ending the prohibition on marijuana because there’s a straight up opioid epidemic in the state of Florida, and treating patients with Cannabis is the safest, most effective way to curtail those pill addiction overdoses. So I don’t want you bros to think that I’m knocking Tiger here for poking the smot. I’m just pointing out that unless Tiger was traveling recently in states where cannabis is legal for recreational consumption, that sticky icky in his system likely didn’t get there via proper legal channels. (h/t ESPN)