Ohio wants to make sure all of its college athletes aren't smoking pot because it's the job of state governments to ignore their actual jobs. On October 8, a bill was introduced to the Ohio state legislature that would require mandatory drug testing for all college athletes at both public and private colleges. Not only does it make little sense for the state of Ohio to intercede in college athletic drug testing, but the NCAA shouldn't be testing for marijuana at all. As always, institutions are desperate to take on work they're plainly unqualified for.
Marijuana isn't merely on the periphery of this diversionary legislation; it's the reason the legislation exists. Representative Peter Beck, the bill's co-sponsor, offered an explanation so worthless it contained more logical fallacies than words. Beck told Cleveland.com that he heard two professional athletes were charged with marijuana possession in a different state and "Well, they just didn't start with marijuana when they signed the contract...maybe they started while they were in college." The ultimate sign of bullshit legislation is if its entire epistemic foundation is a hypothetical.