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Teams see marijuana "epidemic" among incoming rookies

The pool of players who’ll enter the NFL through the 2010 draft is regarded as one of the best and deepest in years.  But plenty of them also have a weakness for a girl named . . . Marijuana.

Don Banks of SI.com reports that, according to one personnel exec, 10 or 11 players with first-round grades have been red-flagged for enjoying the fumes of a certain type of burning green leaf.

And one head coach estimated that one third of the players on his team’s draft board has “some sort of history” with marijuana.

Frankly, we’re surprised the number is so low.

The issue would better be described as an epidemic of guys getting caught.  Many football players smoke marijuana.  Team sources have told us in the past that the situation becomes a problem only when a player’s taste for the wacky weed makes him unavailable to play, due to a suspension.

That said, it’s unclear whether any players tested positive for marijuana at the Scouting Combine.  Last year, a slew of reports emerged regarding positive drug tests at the Scouting Combine for marijuana and other drugs; many of the reports were incorrect.  Before the every draft, the teams have access to the full list of players who indeed tested positive — and the message that comes from a positive result in a test that a player knew he’d be taking is that he either has a drug problem, or he’s incredibly stupid.

Or both.

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  1. Matt Cribbin says: Mar 24, 2010 11:56 AM

    It should be legal.

  2. mrzazz41387 says: Mar 24, 2010 11:57 AM

    “But plenty of them also have a weakness for a girl named . . . Marijuana” I think you meant Marie Jane. You dumb ass lawyers need to get out more.

  3. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 24, 2010 11:57 AM

    yeah i remember hearing about Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing failing a drug test before last years scouting combine

  4. Richy Rocky says: Mar 24, 2010 11:58 AM

    its all good for the mary jane lovers. just cite chronic stress and get a medical marijuana perscription

  5. D wins games says: Mar 24, 2010 11:59 AM

    And in other breaking news, 38 players with 1st Round grades tested positive for beer. An unnamed league source expressed shock at the revelation: “We need players focused on football. They should be working out or watching film every waking minute. We can’t have them relaxing with a beer in their spare time.”

  6. zappa says: Mar 24, 2010 11:59 AM

    Or migrains!

  7. enderlite says: Mar 24, 2010 12:01 PM

    The pool of players who’ll enter the NFL through the 2010 draft is regarded as one of the best and deepest in years. But plenty of them also have a weakness for a girl named . . . Marijuana.
    smoke weed and you will prosper in Football

  8. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:01 PM

    I have a solution, how about making it legal?

  9. TheDPR says: Mar 24, 2010 12:02 PM

    If I’m a GM and I see a guy with NFL talent and aspirations that smokes weed my analysis would be that he’s just too stupid to play in the league. What kind of moron risks millions of dollars for a little bit of high?

  10. dark64 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:02 PM

    “and the message that comes from a positive result in a test that a player knew he’d be taking is that he either has a drug problem, or he’s incredibly stupid.”
    Or, as my theory goes, he’s Percy Harvin and he uses marijuana to manage his migraine problem.

  11. Kirmie says: Mar 24, 2010 12:02 PM

    Send them to Detroit and give them a prescription.

  12. Silver&Black666 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:02 PM

    This is a really stupid rule we all know pot cant hurt anyone compared to alcohol which is legal.
    What kind of retarded lawyers are at work here Florio?

  13. shoe says: Mar 24, 2010 12:02 PM

    Tebow tested positive for Sainthood.

  14. Ken West says: Mar 24, 2010 12:02 PM

    The issue is testing for Marijuana in the first place. I would be more concerned with a player who used alcohol.

  15. superbowl says: Mar 24, 2010 12:03 PM

    this is now allowed.
    Obama admitted he inhaled FREQUENTLY, and all the other democrats admit to it as well.
    Just legalize the stuff, tax the crap and move on with your life.
    hail OBAMA and just snort some coke. by the way your President has had several names including Barry Sotero. (which is his birth name)

  16. dmackerman says: Mar 24, 2010 12:03 PM

    Smoking a blunt every now and then doesn’t make you a bad person.
    Just ask Pacman Jones.

  17. onesweetworld says: Mar 24, 2010 12:04 PM

    Those tea party people need to start smoking more weed and stop being so angry over false information

  18. KaiserSoze says: Mar 24, 2010 12:04 PM

    NFL: Hey rookie, you gotta drug problem?
    Rookie: Now that I make enough money, no. No problem.

  19. Ralph says: Mar 24, 2010 12:05 PM

    High time(pun intended) for this to no longer be part of the discussion about athletes.
    Not a performance enhancing drug, not a masking agent for performance enhancing drugs.
    Frankly speaking, I’d rather have players who used this than those who consume alcohol. Alcohol is far more damaging from a physical aspect than marijuana.
    It doesn’t take much of journalist to see the trend in the USA is towards decriminalization. It shouldn’t be a factor, IMO.

  20. Bri715 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:05 PM

    With the number of states that allow some form of medical marijuana, it is only a matter of time before a player challenges a positive test with a script from his doctor in hand.

  21. ArtModellsPimp says: Mar 24, 2010 12:05 PM

    So, if it comes down to choosing between Tim Tebow or one of these weed-whackers…I’ll take a Tebow every time.
    Just sayin’…

  22. danfinocchio says: Mar 24, 2010 12:06 PM

    Quick somebody tell me the last time a player killed someone while under the influence of marijuana? You can’t b/c it doesn’t happen. Most probably have a high tolerance and even if they don’t, the most that will happen is they’ll giggle, eat and sit around playing madden
    Alcohol is what makes these idiots want to fight, drive and sexually assault women.

  23. KC Hymen Bruiser says: Mar 24, 2010 12:07 PM

    It’s have a weakness for a girl named Mary Jane. I dont’ know many girls named Marijuana

  24. showtime says: Mar 24, 2010 12:08 PM

    YEEYEE the ganja farmer it will be legal soon..we all need it…so no need to worry about these rookies

  25. Marv_Sleezy says: Mar 24, 2010 12:09 PM

    Dr Dre’s “The Chronic” debuted in 1992 when these players were kids – Thats what they grew up with. Glamorization.

  26. Bird Man says: Mar 24, 2010 12:09 PM

    It’s Reefer Madness all over again!!

  27. BluntMastermind says: Mar 24, 2010 12:10 PM

    This just shows you how weed is becoming a normal thing like alcohol.

  28. Pervy Harvin says: Mar 24, 2010 12:11 PM

    “The issue would better be described as an epidemic of guys getting caught. ”
    Well said Florio. I’m sure it is not a case of more players smoking. They always did. NFL,NBA,Curling. They all love it. Why don’t they just go ahead and legalize it? Because our jails,prisons,counselors etc would all be out jobs and big $$$$

  29. deederbob says: Mar 24, 2010 12:11 PM

    Legalize it. It’s not a performance enhancer. What these guys (or any other American) choose to do off the job is nobody’s business as long as it doesn’t affect job performance. Hippie Lettuce is harmless compared to alcohol and should be legal and taxable.

  30. trickbunny says: Mar 24, 2010 12:12 PM

    if you’re an athlete who “does drugs”, pot sure beats the hell out of steroids. :)

  31. Mattchew182 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:13 PM

    Don’t forget Percy Harvin he failed a drug test too. Three of the top rookies from last years draft class smoked weed. Then dropped down to good teams. Does the NFL discipline players if they test positive for weed? Its so not a big deal unless they are like Andre Smith and they smoke weed then eat so many cookies that they can’t get under 400 lbs.

  32. BIG BLUE in tx says: Mar 24, 2010 12:14 PM

    Kick their ass out of the league for using performance enhancing subtances! MJ gives them such an unfair advantage, how can clean players compete with someone stepping their game up with MJ? And all those kids out there that have no idea what it is until they see their favorite players all ripped out and ragging cause of their MJ use. Oh… Wait… Its just weed, thought they were talking about drugs…

  33. Memp! says: Mar 24, 2010 12:14 PM

    mrzazz, it’s MARY JANE you MORON,

  34. dcsween says: Mar 24, 2010 12:15 PM

    Football is about “playing through the pain” … or maybe finding a work around to manage it. Makes sense that its really more about getting caught than it is about usage in the first place.

  35. Greenantz says: Mar 24, 2010 12:15 PM

    Clay Matthews and Brian Cushings are very good players.

  36. JComp says: Mar 24, 2010 12:16 PM

    How do you fail a drug test that you know you are going to take, before the biggest job interview of your life? Just dont smoke for a while untill after the test its pretty simple.

  37. Slippery Pete says: Mar 24, 2010 12:17 PM

    “But plenty of them also have a weakness for a girl named . . . Marijuana” I think you meant Marie Jane. You dumb ass lawyers need to get out more.
    Dumb ass people who post need to get out more…It’s Mary Jane

  38. milehiclown says: Mar 24, 2010 12:17 PM

    Legalize it. How alcohol (and endless otc drugs) are legal and Mary Jane is still taboo just shows you how irrational people are.

  39. buddha says: Mar 24, 2010 12:17 PM

    MRZAZZ, what do you think “marijuana” means?? It means mary jane! Where do you think people came up with the term “mary jane”? I was just curious about the players being able to get medicinal permits to smoke. I know it depends on what state you live in, but out here in Cali you can get one for just about reason, such as knee or back pain. Just wondering if the NFL would allow players to legally smoke. Anybody know?? Im assuming NO. I think some players would have already recieved theirs if it was possible.

  40. JasonGiambi says: Mar 24, 2010 12:17 PM

    you ever seen a Five Dollar bill….on weed?

  41. Montsta says: Mar 24, 2010 12:18 PM

    mrzazz41387 says:
    March 24, 2010 11:57 AM
    “But plenty of them also have a weakness for a girl named . . . Marijuana” I think you meant Marie Jane. You dumb ass lawyers need to get out more.
    ———–
    It’s “Mary Jane”, you dumbass.

  42. jackybadass says: Mar 24, 2010 12:18 PM

    everyone i know smokes weed. its good for you. it was on tv. i would not take a player who does not smoke it. tebo can you here me?

  43. SATAN567 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:18 PM

    Don’t smoke, never will… but, its ridiculous to make such a big deal about weed. Its just awful to think how many tax dollars are wasted governing a relatively harmless substance. And, the fact that it becomes such a big deal in sports – like this – is equally ridiculous. There are so many things that these guys do that are so much more harmful to themselves and society at large that should demand more attention and energy. Worrying about some pot – a stupid plant – is a complete waste of resources.

  44. jagsrule09 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:19 PM

    But plenty of them also have a weakness for a girl named . . . Marijuana.
    How about a girl named marie jane? A girl named marijuana that’s just stupid.

  45. godofwine says: Mar 24, 2010 12:21 PM

    A guy has to be incredibly stupid to test positive for ANYTHING while taking a test he KNEW that he would be taking. Plain idiotic. I mean, if you are going to be smoking, stop by January 13th (if the combine is February 17th) that gives you more than a month to clean out your system. Now, if they do a hair folicle test then “the rabbit gets f*cked…proper f*cked?”
    I don’t smoke anymore, though I still love the smell. When my aunt smokes, I ask to just smell it from the bag. But I have a good job, so I can’t/won’t risk it. Not for weed. These guys are going for the ULTIMATE job interview and they can’t lay off for a month? They can make almost 10 times my salary in just their rookie base pay and they are risking it for weed?

  46. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Mar 24, 2010 12:21 PM

    Does nothing to enhance performance, nothing to heal you faster, absolutely irrelevant in every way to athletics. Legalize it. However, it does show a certain level of stupidity/apathy on the part of the tested athlete, as they know beyond all doubt that they’ll be tested at the combine, but get high anyway. I would regard that negatively as a GM more than simply the fact that the kid gets high.

  47. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 24, 2010 12:21 PM

    who cares. weed makes you faster.
    MAYS smoked and L of berry koosh before his 4.28 The reason it was un-official is cause scouts knew. they dumbed it down to — 4.28 high and 4.4 straight.
    Why do you think Ricky Williams was killin it in college. And i dont believe for a second that Chris Johnson doesnt enjoy a packed dutchy & from what i hear he’s pretty quick.
    Its only quaterbacks that you really gotta worry about. I mean look at Lienhart /STONER n he sux OH and coaches too, I think thats why Morar is terrible with the way he does shit he’s gotta be sooooooooooooo high

  48. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:22 PM

    Honestly who doesn’t love weed?
    @ onesweetworld
    Americans in general are angry at this healthcare situation, the tea party is just one of the most organized forms of expression. I was there on Saturday and they were loud, but peaceful and respected the police the entire time. This spitting on people and calling them the “f” and “n” words, never happened and I wont believe it happened until someone provides proof (and there were cameras surounding every politician who walked around)

  49. Percy Nugz says: Mar 24, 2010 12:23 PM

    Still can’t understand why weed is illegal and that poison called alcohol is socially acceptable.

  50. BBB82 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:23 PM

    It’s sad that people are conditioned to be so afraid of marijuana. Most of the drugs you see advertised on TV have far worse side effects, yet are still legal. Why is it that someone can get a prescription for anti-depressants that have side effects including suicidal thoughts, anal leakage, and death?
    Marijuana makes you silly, sleepy, and hungry. Boo freankin’ hoo.

  51. DZskipper says: Mar 24, 2010 12:24 PM

    So this illicit drug use is ok, but Big Ben having a couple of drinks at a college bar is a big no-no?
    The hypocrisy is amazing.

  52. Outfoxed says: Mar 24, 2010 12:25 PM

    We could become the richest country in the world again if we:
    legalize drugs and regulate it’s use like alcohol
    provide it to the users with a high tax rate
    This would:
    greatly reduce the black market
    divert the anti-drug billions and billions of $$ back into the hopper
    make the streets safer (90% of home brak ins and street crime are drug related)
    There you have it!!!

  53. Jack Acid says: Mar 24, 2010 12:25 PM

    It’s less damaging than alcohol, so by and large, who cares?
    Only time I’d worry about a weed smoker is if there were problems getting to practice and meetings on time, or not putting work in.
    If the kids are present and being responsible, who cares.

  54. AutumnWind999 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:27 PM

    I have a marijuana problem too … two joints and only one mouth. Rimshot.
    Legalize it!!!
    Republicans are virtually ready to overthrow the federal government over the health care bill yet they’re the ones most opposed to allowing adults to use this substance in the privacy of their own homes. Can’t say I’m surprised by the hypocrisy but that doesn’t make it any less aggravating.

  55. teke184 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:29 PM

    The fact that the players got popped isn’t necessarily a problem. It depends on whether they’re getting caught repeatedly because they’re too stupid to either stop toking or learn how to evade detection.
    The cautionary tale I always use for this is former Ram Claude Wroten, who went from a likely 1st rounder to free-falling down the draft board after getting busted for felony pot possession. He was drafted in the 3rd and was seen as a steal until he got popped several times under the substance abuse policy and got booted from the league.

  56. quadya says: Mar 24, 2010 12:29 PM

    In other news the grass is green and the sky is blue………….

  57. Douchebaggery says: Mar 24, 2010 12:29 PM

    Who cares? It’s totally harmless. Marijuana has no side effects. It’s not performance enhancing. Why does the NFL even test for it at all? What’s the point in having marijuana illegal?
    There is no point, except to keep young black and hispanic men in jail. The drug war is institutionalized racism, plain and simple.

  58. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Mar 24, 2010 12:29 PM

    Unless Fritos brand corn chip gobbling and Hostess Ding Dong scarfing became US national sports overnight, it is useless and ridiculous to test for marijuana use in pro sports. Harry Anslinger is dead, so let his bigotry and smear campaign against an inocuous weed finally be buried with him.

  59. Adam David says: Mar 24, 2010 12:30 PM

    Im waiting for my copy of this months High Time Magazine NFL Mock Draft Special..

  60. Citizen Strange says: Mar 24, 2010 12:30 PM

    I smoke two joints when I get tested
    I smoke two very quick
    I smoke two joints I bet you guessed it
    I scored a two on Wonderlic
    I smoke two joints right before a game
    and two each time we score
    smoke two joints before I smoke two joints
    and then I smoke two more

  61. bmeierho says: Mar 24, 2010 12:32 PM

    if only roethlisberger was a pothead.
    instead of assaulting women in bathrooms in college towns, he’d be home eating cheetos and playing call of duty 4 all night…

  62. scrapdawg12 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:32 PM

    I don’t smoke but what if a doctor legalizes it for a player? Is that worthy of a suspension? Someday, I believe the government will legalize it. The effects aren’t as bad as they say. Tobacco is worse

  63. tingbatz says: Mar 24, 2010 12:33 PM

    LEGALIZE it. Time to RECOGNIZE it.

  64. kappa08 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:35 PM

    ..grow up. It’s NOT performance enhancing and is a great way to “come down” after violent physical battles…
    seriously… get with it

  65. SteelTown_6 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:36 PM

    I don’t really care if they legalize it or not, even though it might make for a new tax source that may keep politicians hands out of my pocket a while longer, but why all the uproar?
    Why not come down on tobacco, which is far more harmful.
    Consider: Tobacco is the only product freely sold to consumers that when used properly, will kill you.

  66. runtheballandy says: Mar 24, 2010 12:36 PM

    Wow, guys who play a violent sport, and are constantly dealing with pain and injuries like to smoke. I guess thats more breaking news. I dont do it personally, but absolutely think it should be legal, reugulated, grown, harvested, sold, and TAXED..

  67. SteelTown_6 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:37 PM

    I don’t really care if they legalize it or not, even though it might make for a new tax source that may keep politicians hands out of my pocket a while longer, but why all the uproar?
    Why not come down on tobacco, which is far more harmful.
    Consider: Tobacco is the only product freely sold to consumers that when used properly, will kill you.

  68. cowboys1 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:41 PM

    marijuana in spanish is mary jane IDIOTS. I think they need to hand out weed at all the philly games cuz all their fans look like a bunch of adhd kids throwing stuff all over, they need to relax

  69. sim448 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:42 PM

    who cares? it should be legal anyways. this country is retarded. yeah, lets allow alcohol, that is proven to kill in many ways, and not legalize marijuana, which doesnt hurt you nearly as much. yeah, that makes sense. amazing that here in massachusetts, the state that refuses change, we are actually ahead of the curve.

  70. AutumnWind999 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:43 PM

    JasonGiambi says:
    March 24, 2010 12:17 PM
    you ever seen a Five Dollar bill….on weed?
    ———————-
    I didn’t know 5-dollar bills could smoke weed.

  71. WorkDay says: Mar 24, 2010 12:43 PM

    “But plenty of them also have a weakness for a girl named . . . Marijuana” I think you meant Marie Jane. You dumb ass lawyers need to get out more.
    It’s “Mary” not “Marie.”
    You dumb ass burger flippers at McDonalds need to get out more…

  72. DoomsDayD75 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:49 PM

    Legalize it – don’t criticize it
    Legalize it and I will advertise it
    - Peter Tosh

  73. AutumnWind999 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:49 PM

    Marijuana doesn’t ruin lives. Piss tests for maijuana ruins lives. Keeping marijuana on the black market ruins lives.
    The only people who want to keep marijuana illegal are the gangsters, the self-righteous non-smokers and the uninformed.

  74. mixman34 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:55 PM

    My stuff’s so good….. it should be illegal….
    wait……… what’s up?

  75. DoomsDayD75 says: Mar 24, 2010 12:55 PM

    @onesweetworld
    Nice user name! Don’t listen to Chapnasty either, I can pretty much guarantee you he wasn’t here in DC for the Tea Party Rallies, he’s just spouting off Fox “News” talking points. We all saw the signs promoting violence and ignorance in general.

  76. bunker says: Mar 24, 2010 12:58 PM

    So, the unofficial tally here is 80% for “legalize it” and 20% for “I want to go to church with Tim Tebow.”
    I think that about sums it up.
    I’d like to cast my vote of “getting high and going to church with Tim Tebow.” that would be, like, rad…

  77. Renoberger says: Mar 24, 2010 12:59 PM

    I don’t smoke pot but I would vote to legalize, and yet, I wouldn’t even smoke it if were legal.

  78. Weapon X says: Mar 24, 2010 1:02 PM

    Oh please you tea partiers are a loud minority created by fox news. And you have no idea what the facts are on health care. Why else are half of you carrying signs saying finish what FDR started to support killing the health care bill when FDR was the first president to try and implement universal health care? You talk about us having to pay for other peoples insurance when we already are under the old system.
    Republicans are responsible for one of the biggest expansions of government power ever, the patriot act. And now that Obama is expanding govermental control when it comes to health care and they lose their minds. Define irony.
    And finally get used to it NFL weed is hardly a taboo substance that it once was and is on a fast track toward legalization. The only thing stoping them in the first place is the Alcohol lobby who is worried about losing their monopoly on mind altering substances.

  79. chadgoy says: Mar 24, 2010 1:03 PM

    ???weakness for a girl named…marijuana??? Florio, you set yourself up, and you still can’t nail it. Now, if you had used Mary Jane, then yes the joke is complete, but once again you BOMBED!!! LOL! Better luck next time BUD.

  80. DarthPirate says: Mar 24, 2010 1:07 PM

    Just legalize it already!

  81. Perception=Reality says: Mar 24, 2010 1:07 PM

    Citizen Strange says:
    March 24, 2010 12:30 PM
    I smoke two joints when I get tested
    I smoke two very quick
    I smoke two joints I bet you guessed it
    I scored a two on Wonderlic
    I smoke two joints right before a game
    and two each time we score
    smoke two joints before I smoke two joints
    and then I smoke two more
    Nice play on Total Devastation’s early 90′s classic!

  82. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 24, 2010 1:07 PM

    @ doomsday
    I wish I didnt fear for my safety or I would direct you to my facebook page with pictures that would prove my presence on Saturday. By the way, Fox News has the most viewers of any station combined. Why? Because obviously they aren’t biased. Maybe you should watch once and a while rather than listening to what Olbermann and that dude Maddow tells you.

  83. Deb says: Mar 24, 2010 1:08 PM

    So is the NFL okay with players testing positive for alcohol use? Sure, alcohol is legal, but from an athlete’s perspective, it doesn’t help keep a body in optimal condition. And the NFL’s concerned about players’ off-field behavior, right? Maybe Goodell should look up the stats linking alcohol use and domestic violence.
    One reason we don’t have enough prison space to house violent repeat offenders is because our prisons are overflowing with nonviolent marijuana smokers. The league can’t change the law, but there’s no reason the NFL has to buy into the hypocrisy that alcohol is a-okay but marijuana is the evil weed. They should just stop testing for “Mary Jane.” Don’t ask. Don’t tell.

  84. Perception=Reality says: Mar 24, 2010 1:09 PM

    SteelTown_6 says:
    March 24, 2010 12:36 PM
    Consider: Tobacco is the only product freely sold to consumers that when used properly, will kill you.
    Guns?

  85. strctlylo says: Mar 24, 2010 1:14 PM

    marijuana’s not a drug. have you ever sucked dick for weed? boo this man, boooooooo

  86. Bubby Brister says: Mar 24, 2010 1:14 PM

    If I were a GM (and thank God I’m not) I would look the other way if the only red flag someone had was being a pothead, or even worse, having “a history”. What the hell does a history even mean? They tried it once or twice? Isn’t almost every person in the world guilty of that? Just keep it behind closed doors and don’t do anything stupid enough to bring the law into it (you have to be doing something REALLY stupid to get busted for being high — I’m looking at you Santokio). I would actually advocate an experiment with an entire team playing WHILE high, but no need to digress. That’s a scientific topic for another thread.

  87. thecrazytomato says: Mar 24, 2010 1:15 PM

    Wow. I have to laugh at some of you. You would think this is a report on weither or not weed should be legal by reading all the comments.
    The fact is, it ISN’T. Will it be? Who knows. While it is ILLEGAL, the NFL has a responsibility to test for it.
    The players know its coming. If they still fail the test even know that they knew it was coming, then that shows something about there work ethics and character. Either this player has no regard for authority, by still smoking even know he knows he will be tested, or he is just plain out stupid.

  88. filthylucre says: Mar 24, 2010 1:19 PM

    I’ve smoked pot nearly every day for the past 15 years. I agree it should be legalized, and I agree that it’s safer than alcohol. I see no problem with people getting high and walking around stoned in public. In fact, I think more people should hit the ganja. Maybe society would ease up a little and this world would become a much better place.
    That being said, I would gladly give it up if somebody offered me a job that paid, say, a million bucks a year, on the condition that had to abstain from marijuana. It’s a no-brainer. Even with my three brain cells I can tell you that.

  89. mixman34 says: Mar 24, 2010 1:22 PM

    # Perception=Reality says: March 24, 2010 1:09 PM
    SteelTown_6 says:
    March 24, 2010 12:36 PM
    Consider: Tobacco is the only product freely sold to consumers that when used properly, will kill you.
    Guns?
    ______________________________________
    HAHA You’re obviously not the brightest bulb now are ya. When used properly guns are to be pointing down range free of people. The first thing you learn in hunter safety is where to point your muzzle. (hint: not at people). Educate yourself twit.

  90. hizzle1281 says: Mar 24, 2010 1:22 PM

    A joint a day keeps the doctor away…….

  91. Cake Or Death says: Mar 24, 2010 1:23 PM

    The words “marijuana” and “epidemic” really don’t belong next to each other.

  92. Tim Tebow's Prayers says: Mar 24, 2010 1:24 PM

    Fox News isn’t biased?!? Because they have the most viewers?
    Oh dear.

  93. Tim Tebow's Prayers says: Mar 24, 2010 1:26 PM

    …Jon Stewart has a lot of viewers too so he mustn’t be biased.

  94. KingJoe! says: Mar 24, 2010 1:26 PM

    The troubling aspect of this is not that so many use pot, it is that so many who use it are shunned from publicly supporting its legalization. Legalizing pot is difficult because all those who may want to take a public stand, cannot because of the stigma they would face in their work place. Imagine the cash that could be put behind an initiative to legalize pot if all the proathletes who use could opening contribute?

  95. longrodvanhungendong says: Mar 24, 2010 1:30 PM

    To me, the point is people are faced with getting high or keeping/getting a job. The ones that chose to get high despite the consequences have some serious issues. I’ve never smoked it but I’m all for legalizing it and taxing the hell out of it just to piss off greedy dope dealers.

  96. PFTiswhatitis says: Mar 24, 2010 1:32 PM

    The legalization of Marijuana probably will only make it worse. If Walmart can fire a guy for legal use of medical marijuana then these players can also be held accountable regardless of the law. It becomes a liability issue (if nothing more). It may stink but its life.

  97. mrzazz41387 says: Mar 24, 2010 1:35 PM

    mixman34
    HAHA You’re obviously not the brightest bulb now are ya. When used properly guns are to be pointing down range free of people. The first thing you learn in hunter safety is where to point your muzzle. (hint: not at people). Educate yourself twit.
    Maybe you aren’t the brightest bulb, ever hear of something called war? What is the proper use of a gun in war? Is it to be aimed down range, free of people?

  98. pray4thebills says: Mar 24, 2010 1:35 PM

    SteelTown_6 says:
    March 24, 2010 12:36 PM
    Consider: Tobacco is the only product freely sold to consumers that when used properly, will kill you.
    Fast food?

  99. kaakwha says: Mar 24, 2010 1:36 PM

    @ chapnasty
    regardless of WHO you WATCH…
    it’s that you let the boob toobers, talking goobers tell you what to do, dude!
    think for yourself man!

  100. Perception=Reality says: Mar 24, 2010 1:38 PM

    mixman34 says:
    March 24, 2010 1:22 PM
    HAHA You’re obviously not the brightest bulb now are ya. When used properly guns are to be pointing down range free of people. The first thing you learn in hunter safety is where to point your muzzle. (hint: not at people). Educate yourself twit.
    Oh yes, because guns were invented to kill targets down range….silly me!

  101. Dixon29 says: Mar 24, 2010 1:43 PM

    Legalize it. When was the last time you heard of a person who was stoned running down someone in a car?
    Legalize it now!

  102. ChunkyAssVomit says: Mar 24, 2010 1:44 PM

    I also read reports were Dan Marino tested positive for weed which is why he dropped so low in the draft.
    How did that work out for him.
    With his numbers they should have built “The Marino Wing” onto Canton just for all his records.
    It’s ok though if someone takes a needle for pain so they can play and help the team, but toke up on your own time and your a criminal.
    I gave it up, but I won’t condemn those who do it either.

  103. Ken West says: Mar 24, 2010 1:44 PM

    “Consider: Tobacco is the only product freely sold to consumers that when used properly, will kill you.”
    Big Mac’s?

  104. DoomsDayD75 says: Mar 24, 2010 1:44 PM

    @Chapnasty
    If you actually think that Fox News is unbiased then you really have no idea what that word means. Fox News is clearly Right Wing propaganda and anybody with a brain can see that. It’s ok though, all that hate and fear mongering helped us elect a black president and pass health care reform.

  105. Perception=Reality says: Mar 24, 2010 1:45 PM

    mixman34 says:
    March 24, 2010 1:22 PM
    The first thing you learn in hunter safety is where to point your muzzle. (hint: not at people)
    First thing I learned about shooting in boot camp was to aim at the silhouette of a PERSON printed on a target down range….

  106. lowleadman says: Mar 24, 2010 1:47 PM

    Can we stop calling it marijuana, a slang word put out in the 30′s to denegrate the Mexican population? It is called cannabis.

  107. Tim Tebow's Prayers says: Mar 24, 2010 1:48 PM

    People, legalizing pot will do next to nothing for the debt. It ain’t as difficult to make as booze, and a huge network of dealer/ buyers already exists. If you no longer feel like paying your dealer, take a few seeds out of the bag (or get them online) and put them in the garden next to the cukes. Or keep them indoors. No taxes necessary.

  108. Cereal Blogger says: Mar 24, 2010 1:51 PM

    Wait, I forgot what I was going to say after scrolling down. Ill just go with,,legalize it….

  109. mission says: Mar 24, 2010 1:52 PM

    im not sure what’s worse:
    - pointing out that it’s “not a girl named Marijuana”
    - or spelling it Marie Jane when taking the time to comment about an (obviously) intentional (mis)usage of the phrase
    bunch of stoners up in here
    (myself included)

  110. RUGGERLAD says: Mar 24, 2010 1:53 PM

    Alcohol has worse affects immediately and long term, even cigarettes AND pain killers are worse for you long term. You think the powers at be don’t know that(politicians, and other wealthy Americans who get a cut)? The problem with legalising it would be all the fellas making ridiculous amounts from pharmaceuticals like Tylenol, aspirin, etc. would lose money. How would they be affected if you could grow your own pain killer in your back yard? Marijuana was a medicine long before pharmaceutical companies ever existed. How long are new drugs tested before they are put out for use? Who OK’s a new drug? The same people who are gonna get a cut of the profits!
    It kept illegal by claims it is a stepping stone to more serious drugs. What then is alcohol? Look at countries where marijuana and drugs that should be illegal are not. The use is much higher in America than Amsterdam believe it or not. Do some research from credible sources and you may be suprised what you find out.

  111. monet99 says: Mar 24, 2010 1:55 PM

    Tebow on the list?

  112. monet99 says: Mar 24, 2010 1:55 PM

    All the Byu players are getting high.

  113. SteelTown_6 says: Mar 24, 2010 1:55 PM

    “# pray4thebills says: March 24, 2010 1:35 PM
    SteelTown_6 says:
    March 24, 2010 12:36 PM
    Consider: Tobacco is the only product freely sold to consumers that when used properly, will kill you.
    Fast food?”
    Not according to Jared.

  114. mastablasta says: Mar 24, 2010 2:01 PM

    i love the arguments about “just legalize it”,,wait a minute,no just stop,by the way the news is,i would say alot of these players have beating wife/girlfriend problems,what just legalize it,stupid,just because everybody else BREAKS THE LAW dont mean it should be legal,its funny cause the same people/morons who rip tebow are mostly the same morons who say,well they smoke pot,they should just make it legal,no sense,how about dont break the law,how about they all try aand live like good descent,law abiding citizens

  115. AllThat says: Mar 24, 2010 2:01 PM

    This story will get more posts then Big Ben stories.

  116. AllThat says: Mar 24, 2010 2:06 PM

    Weapon X: The Patriot Act doesn’t hand over 1/6 of the freaking economy to the government. It doesn’t fine you for not having insurance. Get a clue idiot

  117. toddzman says: Mar 24, 2010 2:08 PM

    I am a new “tea-party” guy but young enough to understand reality. Pot needs to be legal b/c IT IS BEING USED REGARDLESS OF IT”S LEGALITY! So in my mind, legalize it, control it, wipe out the black market peddlers and TAX the SHIT out of it!

  118. XLI says: Mar 24, 2010 2:09 PM

    Oh no, not a relatively harmless substance that is less destructive to an athletes body than Alcohol.
    It’s not Performance Enhancing, it has no worse effect than Alcohol or Tobacco (which are both allowed to be used by NFL Players) so why is it even tested? Further, why is it even illegal.
    Legalize it or Decriminalize and certainly don’t Test for it as long as Alcohol/Tobacco get a free pass.

  119. hardhead2 says: Mar 24, 2010 2:10 PM

    The Tea Party folks, are, for the most part, the same folks who wholeheartedly support the war on drugs, including marijauna. As to why they support that position, many are unable to come up with a reason I respect.
    Sign at a tea party rally….
    “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!”
    Huh???
    Imbibing in a little green doesn’t hurt anyone, and may well help these guys relax. I always thought this was a free country……
    Guess there’s still room for improvement.

  120. trademcscab says: Mar 24, 2010 2:10 PM

    TheDPR says:
    March 24, 2010 12:02 PM
    If I’m a GM and I see a guy with NFL talent and aspirations that smokes weed my analysis would be that he’s just too stupid to play in the league. What kind of moron risks millions of dollars for a little bit of high?
    hah this guy needs to get high and shut the hell up what player didnt get drafted because of a failed drug test? noone really cares that much
    and i wanna get something straight theres no such thing as a prescription i live in san diego and there are only recomendations cause its illegal federally which overrides any dr. recomendation

  121. tombrookshire says: Mar 24, 2010 2:12 PM

    There is a mixing alcohol and driving epidemic in the NFL that they barely wish to acknowledge. Why the double standard. Is it that alcohol is legal and pot is not. How about all the coke that is snorted using $100 bills once these guys get their six, seven and eight figure paydays. Hypocrites!

  122. UckTheFeagles says: Mar 24, 2010 2:28 PM

    This just in…Rothlisberger is on his way to the scouting combine, he read the above article, the words “weakness” and “girl” caught his eye.

  123. OranjelloJones says: Mar 24, 2010 2:37 PM

    mrzazz, give it up. You’ve outed yourself as a butter knife among a block of Henckels here. First ya call out Florio on the Mary Jane bit but ya spell the wrong freakin’ name. Dumbass…project much?
    Now you make a stupid comment about guns, are corrected but still stick to it by mentioning the use of assault rifles in war which is at best a very small percentage of the guns in use out there.
    Again the proper use of a gun requires pointing away from people at all times. That includes shotguns, rifles, handguns and has one exception only…assault weapons in war(ask a soldier how much hell he’ll catch if he points that weapon at anyone other than his target or the enemy and most of our soldiers will never fire a weapon in battle). If one sticks with your analogy then said butter knives and Henckels are assault weapons too instead of the kitchen utensils they are designed to be. After all a knife can be a deadly weapon too.
    As for the dope…another legalize it vote here. My reasoning is beside the actual buzz qualities of straight marijuana that people smoke. If for no other reason than the whole global warming freakout nonsense, hemp needs to be legalized.
    Opponents point to THC in hemp (close cousin to the marijuana plant people smoke) but fail to recognize it would take a person smoking an amount equivalent to a bale of hay to catch a buzz. It’s just one example of the outright lies that surround the position of keeping it illegal.
    Meanwhile if we did legalize it you could replace the entire pulp paper industry as well as many other products made from wood – planks etc with Hemp. It used to be our #1 cash crop and everything from paper to clothes to the wood and ropes and sails on our ships used to be made from hemp. You could stop cutting down trees, create more jobs worldwide(hemp grows in every single climate and any type of soil, it’s an extremely hardy “weed”) by creating massive hemp farms, start re-Oxygenating the world by planting trees everywhere they’ve been cut down etc. (trees produce the most Oxygen in their younger stages) Then you bring in all of the aspects of freeing up our legal and prison system from petty pot charges, the taxation etc. and you’re talking about an absolute fortune and what in many ways could save our country a ton of trouble.
    It goes on and on and on. The basic fact is there is no good reason beyond propaganda to NOT legalize this.

  124. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 24, 2010 2:48 PM

    @ kaa
    Watch it and learn, stop listening to Obama telling you it is bias chief. I watch all 3 news channels for a reason.
    @ doomsday
    yeah we got a President who happens to be black, his race shouldnt matter right? He is destroying the country and republicans will clean it up this november and in 2012.

  125. mrpoizun says: Mar 24, 2010 2:48 PM

    It’s ridiculous to compare alcohol and marijuana when marijuana is far more dangerous and destructive. Any full grown man can drink a few beers with no negative effect whatsoever. But when you smoke marijuana, you become high or intoxicated, after just a few puffs. You lose control of your senses, start laughing at things that aren’t funny, imagining things that aren’t happening, and just generally start acting dopey. Your ability to drive, or take care of your children or do any number of normal tasks is negatively affected. And marijuana is indeed a gateway drug. Those who smoke it do so for one reason; to get high, to get that intensely euphoric feeling. And most users begin to wish for an even higher high, and end up trying cocaine, meth, even heroin.
    Alcohol can certainly be abused with terrible consequences. But the vast majority of drinkers use it in moderation with few or no bad results. Marijuana is a different story.

  126. RUGGERLAD says: Mar 24, 2010 2:51 PM

    mastablasta says:
    March 24, 2010 2:01 PM
    i love the arguments about “just legalize it”,,wait a minute,no just stop,by the way the news is,i would say alot of these players have beating wife/girlfriend problems,what just legalize it,stupid,just because everybody else BREAKS THE LAW dont mean it should be legal,its funny cause the same people/morons who rip tebow are mostly the same morons who say,well they smoke pot,they should just make it legal,no sense,how about dont break the law,how about they all try aand live like good descent,law abiding citizens
    You need to research this before making claims connecting marijuana use and wife beating. You have completely discredited your argument in the way you presented it. That can be said for some of those posting to legalize it also. The point people are trying to make (some not in a reasonable intelligent way) is that it should not be illegal. Tim Tebow although I don’t know him seems like a very good person and I don’t think anyone would or should debate that unless they personally know him not to be. Going to church doesn’t make you a good person, just the same as smoking marijuana does not make you a bad person.

  127. TorVikeFan says: Mar 24, 2010 2:54 PM

    I agree with those who would just legalize, or at least de-criminalize, marijuana. Having had (many years ago) experience with marijuana, I can tell you that it is safer to use than alcohol. Moreover, legalizing or de-criminalizing it, would save billions of dollars in policing and court costs. The problem is that the big-money alcohol industry opposes legalization and de-criminalization because it would cut into its revenue and profits, and the government always does what big-business wants.

  128. vikingsuperbowls=0 says: Mar 24, 2010 2:58 PM

    legalize it already…think this class is bad? wait 4yrs….everyone smokes weed now, everyone. even you florio based on some the articles ive been forced to choke down as ‘news’
    p.s. vikings still suck
    p.p.s bears suck

  129. thecrazytomato says: Mar 24, 2010 2:59 PM

    No it shouldn’t be legal, at least until there is a proper way of testing that shows immediatly if you are impaired or not.
    Besides who really wants the police, fire dept, nuclear power plant workers, etc.. high as a kite when they are performing their job? Ok so you say they can smoke it at home. How are the jobs going to test for it? If your constant smoker, piss tests can show positive for 30+ days after your last smoke. Ya that will be real fair huh? Ok so now you have lawsuits going on, where each side is trying to prove that said party was/wasn’t impaired while on the job. If you think that it would be ok to “be high” on the job, you just need to shoot yourself now, before you pollute the Gene pool anymore.

  130. spliffbunker says: Mar 24, 2010 3:00 PM

    have any surveys been done to see what % of players smoke ? I would imagine a signifigant number do.
    the NFL has a lot bigger issues than smoking pot…the penalties for smoking are way out of line…its ridiculous that a player like Ricky Williams or anyone has lost so much time because of this…MLB has it right on this issue
    drug testing is a joke…it will catch herb but hard drugs like cocaine or smack are out of the system
    within a day or two so its pot smokers who get caught..
    hope the NFL comes out of the dark ages on this someday…its pretty comical to see the emphasis they put on it
    i agree that anyone who tests positive at the combine shows a serious lack of common sense/selfcontrol

  131. jamaltimore says: Mar 24, 2010 3:03 PM

    Political types please move to drudge or huff post. This is about SPORTS AND WEED! Two great subjects that don’t need to be injected with your worthless politics!
    DC is legalizing Pot for medicinal purposes, once that happens can the rest of the country be far behind!
    Maybe if rapistburger got his girls stoned he wouldn’t have to rape them. drinking shots gets them too fired up and fiesty!

  132. u-sir-r-n-idiot says: Mar 24, 2010 3:04 PM

    Tim Tebow’s Prayers
    *you-sir-r-an-idiot*
    #1
    By legalizing weed, the country can also produce hemp products, that we currently import.
    soap, rope, clothing, oil, and thousands of others on top of it. look it up.
    #2
    If you want the truly “good stuff” this seeds in the ground idea is shot to hell as well. ever here of hydroponics?
    #3
    there are currently small town in the rural midwest who’s main income is MJ. the FDA cant keep up. This would be a large boon for struggling economys with high unemployment rates. think tabacco.
    oh yeah and
    *you-sir0r-an-idiot*

  133. thedude says: Mar 24, 2010 3:04 PM

    Florio, it’s the flower you smoke, not the leaf… give it a try, you’ll have better results. and @perception=reality “two joints” is a Bob Marley song…. just sayin’

  134. sparky says: Mar 24, 2010 3:05 PM

    I’m for legalization. I used to smoke weed…a lot. I would smoke it some today if it were available without risk. I’m in a really small town and it would be a big job/social taboo.
    I really, really doubt an NFL player plays high on weed. Afterward or the night before even may be a different story. I played two years of small college ball at a school that had prolific weed use in the very early 70′s. Our team looked like a bunch of hippies for sure because most of us were. But there were a few guys that came from pressure packed high school programs and had been offered scholarships to big name schools. They were already burnt out on that kind of football and just wanted to have fun playing. We stunk….but we had fun, but we never were high for a game; none of us.
    Now two years of intramural football was a different story …. the team name was FUBAR :)
    Tax it, legalize it….I want some.

  135. seals says: Mar 24, 2010 3:14 PM

    @toddzman
    I agree but why does everyone want to tax everyone. Didn’t we leave that years ago for a reason? I want to stop working so I can get on board with the Democrats. If you can’t beat them join them.

  136. mixman34 says: Mar 24, 2010 3:14 PM

    Perception=Reality
    Two replies!? YES!!! Got ya

  137. sonicjizzmopper says: Mar 24, 2010 3:17 PM

    I’d like to see what happens if a player in San Diego, San Fran or Oakland receives a medical marijuana card. Could they be suspended by the NFL even though it would be legal in the state?

  138. bluestree says: Mar 24, 2010 3:17 PM

    Chapnasty2 says:
    March 24, 2010 1:07 PM
    Fox News has the most viewers of any station combined. Why? Because obviously they aren’t biased. Maybe you should watch once and a while rather than listening to what Olbermann and that dude Maddow tells you.
    ———————————-
    Fox News has more viewers because it isn’t a news channel, it’s infotainment. It’s news tailored to what the viewership wants the news to be.
    Who says so? Roger Ailes the president of Fox News , that’s who. Recently on a sunday morning legitimate news program, he responded to criticism of his network by saying “I’m not in the news business, I’m in the entertainment business.” That is an unequivocal statement, and completely in context.
    Rupert Murdoch has targeted you as his audience, down market, uneasy with current political and social trends, overwhelmingly white, over 40. He did the same thing with his media empire in Australia and the UK before coming to America. Were you aware the owner of Fox News wasn’t an American?

  139. Tim Tebow's Prayers says: Mar 24, 2010 3:18 PM

    u sir r n idiot- Groundbreaking stuff there. So how is any of that going to help our national debt? Is there going to be a new “rope-n-soap tax” because those products will be made from hemp?
    You ever smoke Jamaican weed? That stuff’s pretty good, way better than any stuff some pimple-faced kid like yourself is growing in his attic.

  140. bunbun says: Mar 24, 2010 3:21 PM

    Wake up America. Marijuana is legal in Many states.
    Go here: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/
    Since the mid 1990′s weed is legal. The NFL needs to come into the latter half of last century to get an update that weed is legal. The American Medical Association is of the opinion that Weed HAS MEDICINAL VALUE. EVERYONE OF YOU WHO IS STUCK-CONSTIPATED, MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY THAT WEED IS BAD HAVE BEEN dUPED BY IGNORANT POLITICIANS, police and general whackaddodle types. You are stupid to believe the Government propaganda. Medicinal value + athletes= drug consumption. Plain and simple.
    Flame on Kids. Smoke till you drop.

  141. Tim Tebow's Prayers says: Mar 24, 2010 3:26 PM

    …via collecting tax on pot sales is what I’m talking about. Everyone thinks that could be some huge source of funding to pay back the debt. It’s not.

  142. jreed says: Mar 24, 2010 3:29 PM

    WOW! I dont know where to start to explain how stupid all of you sound!

  143. jreed says: Mar 24, 2010 3:31 PM

    Wait how did our sudden health care problem become part of this pot article? Go to Foxnews or CNN with that talk.

  144. bunbun says: Mar 24, 2010 3:31 PM

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    March 24th, 2010
    Posted by Caren Woodson
    Hey NASCAR Nation…. We’ve got some news for you!
    Our friends at CannabisPlanet.tv will sponsor a NASCAR sanctioned race car at the All-American Speedway in Roseville, CA when the K & N pro series west kicks off their season this coming Saturday, March 27, 2010. Cannabis Planet sponsors on the NASCAR include: MedicalGro.com, Green Garden Directory, Advanced Nutrients, LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), and Americans for Safe Access!

  145. mrzazz41387 says: Mar 24, 2010 3:36 PM

    OranjelloJones
    Wow douche bag, I am sorry my dyslexia upsets you. I will try and turn it off next time.
    Maybe you don’t understand what the function of a gun is. When used, a gun fires a projectiles at speeds that can kill if aimed a living thing. Over time, range firing has become popular, but is by no means the main purpose of a gun. Whether a gun is used for defense, or hunting, it is used for shooting at something living. If you are not firing it, you are not using it. A soldier may not fire his weapon, but that doesn’t change what it’s purpose is for. With the emergence of guns, knives have retired mostly to their less violent purposes. It doesn’t change the fact that the original intention of a knife or sword or whatever is kill or to defend.

  146. u-sir-r-n-idiot says: Mar 24, 2010 4:13 PM

    Tim Tebow’s Prayers-
    in “my day” I admit I smoked all sorts of wonderful, pot, hash, and numerous other illicit drugs.
    Then I grew up.
    Look into it. You may find it suprisingly rewarding.
    But im not here to give harsh words for things I know nothing of. I prefer to note, when possible, when some one is “acting” like a idiot.
    You clearly know nothing of economics. Make bold assumptions based on your tiny hamster running around that tiny mind of yours at hypersonic speed. Do a little research.
    *you-sir-r-a-idiotX2*
    may god bless your future, or current children, with better genes then your own, through Tebows blessed powers of prayer. Amen.

  147. Pervy Harvin says: Mar 24, 2010 4:28 PM

    Weed and Alcohol were meant to be enjoyed together. Like peanut butter and jelly. Just legalize it already!!

  148. D says: Mar 24, 2010 4:33 PM

    They should use pot instead of opiate based painkillers that are incredibly addictive for managing pain caused by the rigors of football.
    Signed,
    Brett Favre

  149. Percy Nugz says: Mar 24, 2010 4:33 PM

    since when did this get political. REPUBLICANS SMOKE WEED TOO!!!!!!!!

  150. buffalokie says: Mar 24, 2010 4:38 PM

    thecrazytomato says:
    March 24, 2010 2:59 PM
    No it shouldn’t be legal, at least until there is a proper way of testing that shows immediatly if you are impaired or not.
    Kinda like our fellow coworkers poppin pills huh. They cant test them for that. I’ll trust someone on weed way before trusting anyone on narcotics!

  151. Leto_II says: Mar 24, 2010 5:11 PM

    If the NBA cared this much about marijuana, there would be no NBA.

  152. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Mar 24, 2010 5:42 PM

    Football+Weed= Awesome
    Legalize it and tax the F*$K out of it. People that are too stupid to realize how beneficial that would be to our Nation can’t be helped anyway, so to hell with them.

  153. RUGGERLAD says: Mar 24, 2010 5:45 PM

    mrpoizun says:
    March 24, 2010 2:48 PM
    It’s ridiculous to compare alcohol and marijuana when marijuana is far more dangerous and destructive. Any full grown man can drink a few beers with no negative effect whatsoever. But when you smoke marijuana, you become high or intoxicated, after just a few puffs. You lose control of your senses, start laughing at things that aren’t funny, imagining things that aren’t happening, and just generally start acting dopey. Your ability to drive, or take care of your children or do any number of normal tasks is negatively affected. And marijuana is indeed a gateway drug. Those who smoke it do so for one reason; to get high, to get that intensely euphoric feeling. And most users begin to wish for an even higher high, and end up trying cocaine, meth, even heroin.
    Alcohol can certainly be abused with terrible consequences. But the vast majority of drinkers use it in moderation with few or no bad results. Marijuana is a different story.
    I disagree any grown man would not be affected by a couple beers and that any grown man would be affected by a few puffs of marijuana. You clearly have not researched this. Also nobody is talking about driving high. You are speaking from a position of ignorance and you probably believe everything you hear from he media without questioning it. You are voluntarily brainwashed.

  154. TheWizard says: Mar 24, 2010 6:05 PM

    Fox News has more viewers because it isn’t a news channel, it’s infotainment
    Stick to football, liberal parrot.
    The real world obviously isn’t your strong point, anyway.

  155. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Mar 24, 2010 6:13 PM

    @chapnasty,
    Please shut the f**k up about politics already. Every article on this site is followed by multiple comments from you about racism and/or politics, and it’s getting really old. If you want to talk about politics, go to a political forum where it is appropriate and IN CONTEXT.
    And frankly, while I consider myself a political agnostic (could care less about any of it and never vote), if I was to become a politically-involved person, you have seriously convinced me to never vote for or associate with Republicans. The only people I ever see being extremely crazy and rude, screaming and pushing their politics on everyone around them (especially those who don’t care or don’t agree) are those wacko Republican types that want us all to own guns, kill Mooozlims, and praise the baby Jesus. Even the panhandling crackheads in my urban neighborhood are less annoying than you people. At least the crackheads go away when you give them a dollar.
    Ever wonder why you are so lonely? Because everyone you used to know got sick of listening to your rants, decided you were stupid and/or insane, and eventually stopped talking to you. Sadly though, you have convinced yourself somehow that you are in a holy fight, so there is about zero chance you will ever change your behavior. Even though your family and friends can no longer stand your presence, you still plod along like a devoted religious warrior on a suicide mission. Sadly though, you never actually blow yourself up. Instead, you take comfort in your mother’s basement knowing that while she might not listen to you, there is a whole internet full of message boards that will soon have no choice. I only wonder how long it will be before we see you on the front page, having blown up some Arkansas abortion clinic in the name of “Tea Baggers for Baby Jesus” or whatever other crazy nonsense you think up next.

  156. malcolmkyle says: Mar 24, 2010 6:15 PM

    Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation.
    By its very nature prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model – the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous, ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved.
    Many of us have now finally wised up to the fact that the best avenue towards realistically dealing with drug use and addiction is through proper regulation, which is what we already do with alcohol & tobacco –two of our most dangerous mood altering substances. But for those of you whose ignorant minds traverse a fantasy plane of existence, you will no doubt remain sorely upset with any type of solution that does not seem to lead to the absurd and unattainable utopia of a drug free society.
    There is an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and the crime, corruption, disease and death it causes. If you are not capable of understanding this connection, then maybe you’re using something far stronger than the rest of us. Anybody ‘halfway bright’ and who’s not psychologically challenged, should be capable of understanding, that it is not simply the demand for drugs that creates the mayhem; it is our refusal to allow legal businesses to meet that demand.
    No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?
    If you still support the kool aid mass suicide cult of prohibition, and erroneously believe that you can win a war without logic and practical solutions, then prepare yourself for even more death, corruption, terrorism, sickness, imprisonment, unemployment, foreclosed homes, and the complete loss of the rule of law and the Bill of Rights.
    The only thing prohibition successfully does is prohibit regulation & taxation!

  157. steelerfan9598 says: Mar 24, 2010 6:17 PM

    Legalize it + tax it = $$$$

  158. Wonderlic__myballs says: Mar 24, 2010 6:37 PM

    You can always tell your stoned when you look in a bowl of cheerios and say “Oh Boy, look, Donut seeds!”

  159. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Mar 24, 2010 6:37 PM

    Everyone who makes political comments on non-political message boards should be kicked in the nuts repeatedly a few times a day until they move out of their mother’s basement and get a life.

  160. aious says: Mar 24, 2010 7:07 PM

    OMG! THEY SMOKE WEED! ARREST THEM! ARREST THEM!

  161. bluestree says: Mar 24, 2010 7:11 PM

    “Stick to football, liberal parrot.”
    I’m pretty sure I was on topic. I didn’t bring the subject up, I just commented. Don’t care for talking points, huh? That’s funny!
    “The real world obviously isn’t your strong point, anyway.”
    Everything in my post was factual. Sorry if it produced a stinging pain on your ass. I guess you couldn’t prove me wrong on the merits, or you would have. Well, you don’t want to get into a shootout if you’ve got nothing but blanks in the chamber.

  162. Colts18 says: Mar 24, 2010 7:25 PM

    im fairly under the influence of saif marijuana right now. im glad i stumbled into this article. i wonder if they all go to each others houses to toke up once in a while

  163. This is not news says: Mar 24, 2010 7:57 PM

    Come on, the NFL Licensing rights would be amazing!
    Tennesee Titan’s Big Bud
    NY Jets Diesel
    Vikings Purple Power
    Seattle Kush
    Cleveland Skunk
    Dallas Cowboys Chronic Supernova
    LA Raiders Durban Poison

  164. lifelongphinfan says: Mar 24, 2010 8:23 PM

    i could understand it being tested for if it were a preformance enhancing drug. but lets be real the last thing you’ll want to do after smoking weed is run around full speed for 60 minutes playing football, so i feel the league should leave it alone. i cant help but wonder how many yards ricky williams would have right now if he had been allowed to continue to play while still smoking weed. btw alcohol seems to get more people ( not just players ) in trouble than weed ever did, imho.

  165. Raiders757 says: Mar 24, 2010 8:38 PM

    malcolmkyle nailed. Anyone who disagrees with what he said, is a bible thumping drone who believes what the far right tells them. Prohibition isn’t the answer, regulation and education is.
    My only concern as an NFL owner, would be how much a player smoked, not if he smoked. Weed can have an effect on your cardio and make you short winded over a long period of heavy use.

  166. Pervy Harvin says: Mar 24, 2010 9:10 PM

    @ malcolmkyle – Right on man. Right on. Great analysis.

  167. RedOokies says: Mar 24, 2010 9:43 PM

    Any NFL player who doesn’t know that prayer will lead to a negative test doesn’t deserve to pray in the league.

  168. Deb says: Mar 24, 2010 10:50 PM

    @malcolmkyle …
    That about covers it. Unpleasant but true.

  169. JNB says: Mar 24, 2010 11:31 PM

    Legalize it, tax it, and stop the oppression.

  170. TheGhostofBernieKosar says: Mar 24, 2010 11:56 PM

    the prohibition of alcohol didn’t work and neither is the prohibition of marijuana.

  171. RaiderChile says: Mar 25, 2010 11:44 AM

    Epidemic!? Racism and stupidity are epidemics and Florio has refused any sort of treatment for his stupidity.
    Did you know the Hearst family pushed hemp (original name) into illegal status due to hemp being the number one paper source while they sat on redwood forests and couldn’t compete with hemp’s fast turn around?
    Propaganda durning the Mexican /American war changed hemp to the Mexican word for it: marijuana. Hearst family pushed for it to be illegal with their media control and dumb ass/paranoid racist American’s went along with it.
    Time to legalize and ban the war machine who kill our children and other innocents for the stupid military flag. Yes, the stars and stripes is not the flag of the American people but the flag of the US military!
    Look up all this info and wake up!

  172. Ruvell100 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:11 PM

    @RaiderChile- The same military that fights to allow freedom for pieces of shit like you to voice your disgust for them. Lot of balls coming from an immigrant Raider fan that hails from the most liberal state in the country…you know, the one that’s bankrupt and lacking anything resembling a moral compass.

  173. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:54 PM

    @ ECS – Brougham Boys 74
    Wow, don’t know where to start with you. Usually I reply politically when it is brought up. I am defensive of liberal idiots because they are in fact wrong. Next, I am quite happy with my personal life which is not really your concern. Again I only respond to political garbage on here not start it.
    Racism? You mean how I think it is completely BS that Michael Vick gest suspended pending investigation and Fat Ben doesn’t? You mean how I find it annoying and above and beyond wrong to say that just because you think Vick shouldn’t be allowed to play because of his crimes it is immediately because he is black? Come on now.
    The only thing your long winded post proves is that your low self esteem has required you to attempt to lower my, healthy self esteem. I will continue to defend myself should someone call me a racist and will defend political points that can only be correct, according to people like you on this site, if they are liberal. Don’t come on here and describe to me your life situation and try to pass it off as mine in hopes of making you feel like you aren’t the only one.

  174. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 25, 2010 1:17 PM

    @ ECS (incase you wanted proof of my claims, all were initial political posts that I RESPONDED TO)
    superbowl says:
    March 24, 2010 12:03 PM
    this is now allowed.
    Obama admitted he inhaled FREQUENTLY, and all the other democrats admit to it as well.
    Just legalize the stuff, tax the crap and move on with your life.
    hail OBAMA and just snort some coke. by the way your President has had several names including Barry Sotero. (which is his birth name)
    onesweetworld says:
    March 24, 2010 12:04 PM
    Those tea party people need to start smoking more weed and stop being so angry over false information

  175. RUGGERLAD says: Mar 25, 2010 2:11 PM

    Americans should be proud and honour their soldiers. They are mostly good men and women being ordered in some cases to do bad things. You have freedom in the States, what more is their to fight for? The media and government brainwash people to think they are doing good in the world so the richest Americans can get richer while the country gets poorer and the poor get killed in Afghanistan. So many poor Americans sign up for the military due to a lack of career options. Have you ever considered that this happens in other countries too? Very of topic but they brainwash also brainwash many that Marijuana and hemp are so horrible while alcohol, tobacco and pain killers are OK because it is making the rich richer!!!!

  176. Bubby Brister says: Mar 25, 2010 8:59 PM

    leave the politics out of it, they just like the buzz man.
    abide, man.

  177. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 26, 2010 5:53 AM

    @ bubbt brister
    Thank you for your playing time, you were my idol as a kid

  178. GirthyOne says: Mar 26, 2010 9:21 AM

    Bunch of stoners ranting on a sports site. Scary.

  179. Gaiterdan65 says: Mar 26, 2010 10:59 AM

    # ArtModellsPimp says: March 24, 2010 12:05 PM
    So, if it comes down to choosing between Tim Tebow or one of these weed-whackers…I’ll take a Tebow every time.
    Just sayin’…
    ArtModellsPimp,
    You must be several, if not all of these things
    - Born and living in Florida, Alabama, or some other deep south state
    - Vote republican as often as I take dumps (which is about 4 times a day)
    - Be a devout christian
    If your the combination of all three, you are what I would like to call…
    AN IDIOT
    Gimme a high Sam Bradford over a sanctified Tim Tebow anyday

  180. Bubby Brister says: Mar 26, 2010 12:52 PM

    @chapnasty
    you’re not the only one, kid. expect i never played.

  181. Deb says: Mar 26, 2010 5:19 PM

    @Gaiterdan65 …
    I can’t really read this thread because idiocy gives me a headache, but had to answer you. I’m a native Floridian, and when I’m not here, I’m often with family in Alabama. And I’m a committed evangelical Christian. But I definitely don’t vote according to your stereotype–and I know some other Southern Christians who don’t vote that way either. We may be in the minority, but that’s not the point. When you try to pigeonhole people into narrow little slots, you’re no better than the judgmental dimwits you’re criticizing.
    And when I evaluate talent for my team, I’m interested in the team’s needs and the player’s abilities, not his religious beliefs one way or the other. Good grief.

  182. this class sucks says: Mar 26, 2010 5:40 PM

    I don’t smoke weed but as long as you don’t end up in jail or smoke before/during games I wouldn’t be too worried about it effecting football. I would take a “stoner” like Holmes over Tebow lol.

  183. NightTrainNeckTie says: Mar 26, 2010 8:40 PM

    Deb says:
    March 24, 2010 1:08 PM
    So is the NFL okay with players testing positive for alcohol use? Sure, alcohol is legal, but from an athlete’s perspective, it doesn’t help keep a body in optimal condition. And the NFL’s concerned about players’ off-field behavior, right? Maybe Goodell should look up the stats linking alcohol use and domestic violence.
    One reason we don’t have enough prison space to house violent repeat offenders is because our prisons are overflowing with nonviolent marijuana smokers. The league can’t change the law, but there’s no reason the NFL has to buy into the hypocrisy that alcohol is a-okay but marijuana is the evil weed. They should just stop testing for “Mary Jane.” Don’t ask. Don’t tell.
    ___________________________________
    Deb, add this too your Post BCS title game Bama posts, and you are my favorite poster on these sites!

  184. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 27, 2010 9:41 AM

    I think it’s funny when all these fat housewives are against marijuana because their kids will be more able to get it. Um, when’s the last time you saw your kid with a beer? You can’t get beer on the street because why would anyone bother selling it on the street? Any person of any age can go to certain places in any city…some you’d be very surprised at, and buy a bag of weed. If it’s regulated that problem is solved. Dummies.
    People are so stupid.

  185. Adam says: Mar 27, 2010 11:20 AM

    Please let one of those guys be McClain and please let it drop him down to #15

  186. Deb says: Mar 27, 2010 12:23 PM

    @NightTrainNeckTie ….
    Thank you!!
    @Adam …
    Noooo. I’m counting on McClain dropping to #18!!

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