The police blotter has now touched the Cleveland Indians with Tribe closer Chris Perez and his wife, Melanie, being arrested after they had a package of marijuana delivered to their rented home in the western Cleveland suburb of Rocky River.
Perez, who was under fire from fans last season for calling out the fans for not coming out to Progressive Field when the team got off to a fast start, got into this mess when all sorts of law enforcement agencies confiscated the package that was addressed to the Perez family dog Brody.
So be it.
Perez is in this mess and guilty or innocent, will pay a price both personally and professionally. The only good for Perez at this point is that those with a warm financial comfort zone are better suited to come out of a situation such as this than those who don't know from where they will find their next meal.
But there is a bigger question that continues to go unanswered in this country.
While I can be found on the conservative side of most political issues, I can sometimes surprise. And this is one of those occasions.
For Perez, this may be a big deal or it may be just a speed bump for a guy who can be said to be living the American Dream. No matter, for Perez and the countless thousands who are found on the wrong side of the law, it is time to end the foolishness that somehow fills our courthouses and jails.
Those who have called for legalizing marijuana may have their own self interests at heart, but maybe in the long run, changing the law about something you can grow would be in the best interests of the country.
Those hard and fast about not wanting to open the door to illegal drugs with a change in how marijuana is regulated will never change.
They have their beliefs but those beliefs are a strong part of why countless thousands are behind bars for cultivating a plant that grows with the same care it takes to plant tomatoes or green peppers.
Those that grow tomatoes or green peppers are not regulated by the state for something they are eventually are going to consume. But those that grow marijuana are breaking the law simply by growing the plant and complicating their lives by consuming the very same plant.
We are not talking about manufacturing something like crack or selling prescriptions from a shady doctor out of the trunk of your car.
You are making a value judgement on vegetation you wish to ingest. Some like tomatoes and green peppers while others may like marijuana.
The up-side of this is that those whose only crime is growing, harvesting and using marijuana would be out of the reach of law enforcement.
It would leave time for suburban cop like those in Rocky River to patrol the interstate highways for speeders.
Those are the guys who are daily on guard on Interstate 90 that runs through Rocky River.
And after catching those speeders, these same officers dangerously run their patrol cars BACKWARDS along the berm instead of going to the next exit to return to their radar spot.
I think a cop going BACKWARDS on an interstate is more dangerous than someone growing or using marijuana.
Now, those who use marijuana and commit real crimes can still be handcuffed and sent off to jail. And like alcohol, if you use marijuana and drive, you pay the price of a DUI or whatever the acronym is in your town.
If you really look at it, just because you use marijuana doesn't mean you are a habitual criminal. Somehow that term "gateway drug" survives to this day.
But we know we can't take away one of those "tools" law enforcement uses to fight crime. And less crime means less reason to hire more boys in blue to "serve and protect."
And with that, those who grow marijuana go to jail while those who grow tomatoes or green peppers are praised for their green thumbs. Go figure.
Heaven forbid your neighbor on the left grows marijuana and goes to jail while your neighbor on the right puts away a 12-pack of beer and is sleeping off his hangover.
America. You have to love it. All in the name of "truth, justice and the American way."
Oh, wait, that's Superman, not Johnny Law.
Guilty or innocent, Chris Perez, the lightning rod for Tribe fans, and other marijuana users will have to wait a generation or two before this country wakes up to what is really important when the day is done.
God bless you Superman. And God bless those who make our laws and are responsible for giving us overcrowded jails and courthouses for what is really a matter of outstanding horticulture that seems to be a bit misunderstood.