Sep
04
2013
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Colorado has gone crazy for marijuana. Call it “Reefer Madness.”

The Centennial State legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2000 and the possession of pot by adults 21 years or older back in November, becoming the first state to do so. The state of Washington passed a similar law last November. Recently, the United States Justice Department has decided to largely leave Colorado and Washington alone, allowing them to legalize the drug otherwise determined a “Class Three” substance by the federal government.

And while much news this week has focused on a Joe Flacco banner hanging outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, a banner of a different sort it currently being erected.

According to NFL writer Jason Cole, there’s a banner being put up that urges the NFL to change their stance on marijuana, and it’s quite close to New Mile High.

 

Interesting is the fact that it’s not a Colorado-based group, but one from Washington D.C.

Of course, with superstar linebacker Von Miller sitting out the first six weeks of the season, and with the Denver Broncos – Baltimore Ravens game kicking off the NFL season Thursday night, this seems to be the perfect platform for those activists to speak their mind.

But like Cole said, don’t expect to see this pro-pot banner on NBC’s television broadcast of the game. It would be contrary to the NFL’s stance on marijuana, which I argued against two weeks ago here.

Should a player responsibly doing recreational drugs have his playing career put in jeopardy?

No. It doesn’t make sense for the league to potentially ban a player because he enjoys smoking marijuana.

Performance enhancing drugs must be monitored; pot is anything but that.

And when it comes to easing the pain these players go through on a weekly basis, marijuana may be a safer and less harmful drug than the painkillers many football stars have become addicted to in years passed.

UPDATE 3:47 p.m. – Here are pictures of the billboard. It’s at 17th and Federal, one block west of the stadium.

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Photos via Travis Odgen, cover32



Comments
  1. Rich Kurtzman

    Well, not everyone…But, many are, yes. Coloradans have decided marijuana to be no more harmful than alcohol, adopting similar laws to those that govern alcoholic beverages.