Pro-Marijuana Billboard Challenges NFL Drug Policy

A billboard posted across from Thursday's season opener says NFL players should be allowed to smoke weed

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Ed Andrieski / AP

A billboard calling on the National Football League to stop punishing players for using marijuana was posted Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in front of Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.

A pro-marijuana advocacy group is looking to give a different meaning to the Denver football stadium’s informal “Mile High” moniker, which historically refers to its high altitude.

A giant billboard across from the stadium, which was posted in time for Thursday evening’s season opener, calls on the NFL to end its harsh punishment for players who use marijuana. The Marijuana Policy Project paid for the 48-foot sign, just a block away from the stadium, which shows a football leaning against a glass of beer.

Its bold text sends a stern message to the NFL: “Stop Driving Players to Drink.” It comes amid a spate of drunk-driving arrests in the off-season.  And Colorado fans have been directly impacted by the league’s drug policies: Broncos linebacker Von Miller must sit out the first six games of the season for violating the substance-abuse policy. Though Miller has tested positive for marijuana use in the past, he denies currently using it.

“A Safer Choice Is Now Legal (Here),” reads the billboard, which comes less than a year after Colorado voted to legalize marijuana use for adults over 21, one of just two states to do so.

[USA Today]

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DavidStewart
DavidStewart

It's ironic that the health issues related to playing football (mainly with injuries, particularly concussions and brain injury) far outweigh the potential for harm from cannabis.

We are witnessing the death throes of prohibition while its advocates make a desperate and frantic last stand, their final frenzy.

In years to come, the attitudes that now prevail towards people that choose cannabis will be as politically incorrect as racism, homophobia or denying women the vote.

schroeder.cary
schroeder.cary

Somebody needs to figure out how to test people if they have smoked weed in the last few hours.  Not relying on test that only can test for a couple weeks to a month.


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