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Marijuana isn’t a “growing problem” for the NFL

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The headline in the Detroit News claims that marijuana is a “growing problem” for the Lions and the NFL.

While growing marijuana can be a problem (especially when living next door to a judge) the only growing problem involving marijuana and the Lions is that their top two draft picks in 2011 got caught with it, allegedly, earlier this year.

Marijuana is and has been a fact of life for many athletes, for many years.  The estimate from former NFL tackle Lomas Brown that 50 percent of the players in the NFL smoke marijuana should be surprising not because it seems high, but because it seems low.

And plenty of teams don’t care if a guy smokes marijuana, as long as a guy who has been caught is able to quit smoking marijuana before smoking marijuana jeopardizes his ability to play football.  If/when the time comes to choose football over marijuana, the team needs the player to choose football.

So smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.  Because if you get caught, you eventually need to stop smoking ‘em.

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  1. JSpicoli says: May 18, 2012 4:07 PM

    This is in my lane.

    The worst dent I’ve made on pot is in my couch and the only thing I’ve killed is a bag of oreo’s.

  2. dayumyou says: May 18, 2012 4:08 PM

    just legalize it for god’s sake!!!

  3. rams1999 says: May 18, 2012 4:10 PM

    I dont understand how weed is a problem. if the NFL would not drug test for weed, their would not be any problems. Its only a problem because of our ignorant society. Imagine if the NFL would test for a real drug that makes people act dumb and do idiotic stuff and create violence like alcohol does….

  4. LoCoSu@%s says: May 18, 2012 4:11 PM

    Somehow I thought this meant NFL players dont have problems growing good ganja stuff in their backyard :)

  5. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 18, 2012 4:11 PM

    The headline in the Detroit News claims that marijuana is a “growing problem” for the Lions and the NFL.
    _____________________________

    Lions got discipline problems. That’s their problems weed ain’t the issue.

  6. uncommon1 says: May 18, 2012 4:14 PM

    Of course it isn’t a “Growing problem”. Its a Smoking Problem

  7. fitzmagic1212 says: May 18, 2012 4:15 PM

    i dont get it dont they get drug tested all the time? how can 50% of the players smoke..

  8. brewdogg says: May 18, 2012 4:16 PM

    The “growing problem” is the lack of patience that so many NFL players have. They don’t allow the plant enough time to grow before they stuff it in a bong, and then they have to go get more.

  9. bearsstillsuck says: May 18, 2012 4:20 PM

    I hate this argument. For me, it’s illegal therefore people (especially role models) shouldn’t do it. And I’m tired of pot head people complaining that it’s not legal while doing nothing to change the law. They need to start lobbying congress, run for office, and get petitions signed to influence their elected officials. Prohibition didn’t get overturned because drunks stayed at home complaining to their friends that alcohol should be legal.

  10. lolb23 says: May 18, 2012 4:24 PM

    They say marijuana is great or dealing with post-concussion symptoms. Just sayin’

  11. benismoney says: May 18, 2012 4:28 PM

    MJ is not a performance enhancing “drug”, so why test for it? All they are using it for is to ease the pain from injuries or a tough game. It’s a much better alternative than the pain killers the others are popping on a daily basis. You can OD on pain killers. You can’t OD on Marijuana.

  12. ampats says: May 18, 2012 4:32 PM

    bearsstillsuck,

    its called NORML. National Organization Reform Marijuana Laws. I can’t believe that in 2012 that marijuana is still illegal.

    Legalize and Tax it. That will help budget deficit issues and end the wasted time and resources law enforcement spends on this “law”.

  13. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 18, 2012 4:35 PM

    benismoney says: May 18, 2012 4:28 PM

    MJ is not a performance enhancing “drug”, so why test for it? All they are using it for is to ease the pain from injuries or a tough game. It’s a much better alternative than the pain killers the others are popping on a daily basis. You can OD on pain killers. You can’t OD on Marijuana.
    ___________________________

    Why test for it? Because it’s illegal.

  14. matt2calvin says: May 18, 2012 4:35 PM

    And where exactly did Lomas Brown play?

    Yep – Detroit Lions…
    ;)

  15. cheers4ablumpkin says: May 18, 2012 4:38 PM

    Legalize it and I guadtee there will be less concussion thoughtouut a season

  16. ravenator says: May 18, 2012 4:40 PM

    Drugs are bad! Mmmkay!

  17. tomeffnbrady says: May 18, 2012 4:41 PM

    bearsstillsuck says: May 18, 2012 4:20 PM

    I hate this argument. For me, it’s illegal therefore people (especially role models) shouldn’t do it. And I’m tired of pot head people complaining that it’s not legal while doing nothing to change the law. They need to start lobbying congress, run for office, and get petitions signed to influence their elected officials. Prohibition didn’t get overturned because drunks stayed at home complaining to their friends that alcohol should be legal.
    ——-
    doing nothing to change the law? that why medical marijuana is on the ballot in 3 states this year. and has already passed in over 16 states?

  18. dolphinatic says: May 18, 2012 4:42 PM

    I’m surprised this isn’t about Oak or SF. We have no problems growing it here. Only a couple hundred legal dispensaries in those cities. As a legal partaker here in Cali (born in Mia), I don’t see the fuss. Legalize it, tax it, see income flow chart at the end of the year.

  19. david7590 says: May 18, 2012 4:45 PM

    Of course it isn’t a growing problem, they seem to have no problems growing it.

  20. marvelsmith420 says: May 18, 2012 4:46 PM

    Bearstillsuck,

    There are plenty of people trying to do exactly that. Your perception of pot smokers is clearly skewed. Also, the fact that it’s illegal means nothing. There have been countless unjust and pointless laws that have/had no business being laws in the first place. Ever hear of “Jim Crow” laws? I guess since those were the rules everyone should have bit their tongues and dealt with it.

    I’m not saying you do this, but t’s unbelievable to me when people complain about “Big Government” yet are all for the government sticking their noses in people’s personal lives. As long as it’s not hurting anyone, what somebody does/drinks/smokes is nobodies business but their own.

  21. 6ball says: May 18, 2012 4:46 PM

    .

    “So smoke em, if you got em”

    A direct order….in writing…

    .

  22. marvelsmith420 says: May 18, 2012 4:48 PM

    Bearsrulepackdrule,

    Fair enough, but why don’t NFL teams seem to give two craps about all the other illegal activities (like punching women in the face) that athletes do? Just let them smoke. Benismoney said it best. Smoke a little herb beats the hell out of gulping down painkillers.

  23. jmills147 says: May 18, 2012 4:49 PM

    Mary Jane: Everybody knows marijuana leads to other things.

    Thurgood: Yeah, mostly junk food.

  24. klutch14u says: May 18, 2012 4:57 PM

    I believe pot shouldn’t be illegal and no, I don’t they should “tax it to death” either, we have enough of that.

    However, these guys smoking it when it clearly jeopardizes their careers are idiots. These guys are riding on a huge money train, most of which probably couldn’t hold a job at McDonald’s otherwise and they put that at risk?

    Today is my brothers last day in the Navy after 20 years of service. He gave it up during that time, for a hell of a lot le$$

    Fools.

  25. mjkelly77 says: May 18, 2012 4:59 PM

    This isn’t the 1970′s and 1980′s anymore so I would expect that the per centage of marijauna-smoking players now coming into the NFL approximate 75%. So as older players retire the overall per centage will climb. National Cannabis League here we come.

  26. jebdamone says: May 18, 2012 5:00 PM

    I hate this argument. For me, it’s illegal therefore people (especially role models) shouldn’t do it. And I’m tired of pot head people complaining that it’s not legal while doing nothing to change the law. They need to start lobbying congress, run for office, and get petitions signed to influence their elected officials. Prohibition didn’t get overturned because drunks stayed at home complaining to their friends that alcohol should be legal.
    ———————————————

    you should check out some articles on the prohibition of marijuana. you will be interested to find who are the true people that are contributing the hundreds of millions of dollars every year to assure that marijuana stays legal.
    tops on the list: 1) police unions. they lobby hard for the continued prohibition because they get so much government funding for continuing the war on marijuana 2) alcohol companies. they spend an insane amount every year to prevent marijuana from becoming legal because they don’t want the competition. 3) pharmaceutical companies. see #2 above.
    point is, if you know how our rubbish government works to any extent, you understand that which ever interest is backed by the most money generally gets what they want. there is no way that the marijuana interest groups can compete with the three entities mentioned above.

  27. ridexile says: May 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    If you do your research on how pot originally became illegal…its really messed up. Blatant lies were told to congress by people who profited over pot being illegal, and with no other research to disprove the lies, it was carried out like it has.

  28. patriotsdefense says: May 18, 2012 5:06 PM

    “The estimate from former NFL tackle Lomas Brown that 50 percent of the players in the NFL smoke marijuana should be surprising not because it seems high, but because it seems low.”

    bravo. I said something very similar a couple of years ago here and got booed off stage. It was true back then and true now.

    all you have to do is not fail a drug test pretty early on and you can basically smoke all season long b/c the NFL last year didn’t test for pot in-season in 2011…

    No wonder Randy Moss came back to the NFL and in San Fransisco of all places….

  29. mjkelly77 says: May 18, 2012 5:06 PM

    bearsstillsuck says:May 18, 2012 4:20 PM

    I hate this argument. For me, it’s illegal therefore people (especially role models) shouldn’t do it. And I’m tired of pot head people complaining that it’s not legal while doing nothing to change the law. They need to start lobbying congress, run for office, and get petitions signed to influence their elected officials. Prohibition didn’t get overturned because drunks stayed at home complaining to their friends that alcohol should be legal.
    ________________

    Most recreational users probably don’t have changing the law high on their priority list. A little alcohol here and a little ganja there and things are mellow with me. However, the habitual, always high users are just too spaced out to have the focus and ability to impement change.

  30. lolb23 says: May 18, 2012 5:06 PM

    I just want to know what Leshoure was smoking. How good is your weed that when it gives you the munchies, you eat it?

  31. bonato55 says: May 18, 2012 5:08 PM

    God made pot man made beer which do you trust??!!?!

  32. trollhammer20 says: May 18, 2012 5:08 PM

    “Prohibition didn’t get overturned because drunks stayed at home complaining to their friends that alcohol should be legal.”
    ________________________________

    No, it got overturned because millions of people were totally ignoring the law and drinking anyway.

    There is no problem growing it. It’s a weed. All it requires is water, soil (or a good hydroponic system), and 18 hours a day of light (but only 12 in the flowering stage….or, um, so I heard).

  33. rams1999 says: May 18, 2012 5:14 PM

    bearsstillsuck says:
    May 18, 2012 4:20 PM
    I hate this argument. For me, it’s illegal therefore people (especially role models) shouldn’t do it. And I’m tired of pot head people complaining that it’s not legal while doing nothing to change the law. They need to start lobbying congress, run for office, and get petitions signed to influence their elected officials. Prohibition didn’t get overturned because drunks stayed at home complaining to their friends that alcohol should be legal.
    ___________________________________

    Let me guess…you must be an alcoholic. Why so much anger towards the calmest, most peaceful herb on earth? Take just one toke in a peaceful place with peaceful people and your views should change.

  34. tformation says: May 18, 2012 5:16 PM

    If this is the NFL’s stance, it is a remarkably respectable one.

    It’s your body. You’re professionals. Don’t let marijuana interfere with your work. If it does, we’ll throw the book at you.

    More respectable than the government’s stance on marijuana, really…

  35. granadafan says: May 18, 2012 5:17 PM

    Given all the violent reports from athletes, maybe the NFL should allow smoking. There is no violence from being high from pot. It’s too bad there is a large segment of Conservatives and their own personal media station, and conservative talk show hosts in this country who are still against weed.

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 18, 2012 5:22 PM

    Love the pun.

  37. benismoney says: May 18, 2012 5:23 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool:

    Viagra is only legal with prescription as well, should the NFL be testing for this as well? WAKE UP you are being herded with the other SHEEP!

  38. theawkwardyears says: May 18, 2012 5:23 PM

    If it’s a growing problem they have they should look at their fertilizer and PH levels. Ask Ricky, he knows.

    Alcohol is far worse, If I was a head coach I would much prefer my guys are sitting home baked playing madden than out shooting themselves drunk at some club.

  39. rams1999 says: May 18, 2012 5:25 PM

    bearsstillsuck says:
    Prohibition didn’t get overturned because drunks stayed at home complaining to their friends that alcohol should be legal.
    ____________________________________

    By the way, prohibition got overturned because of the money it brought. They realized there was a high demand of alcoholics that would pay a price for a stupor of a drug. Marijuana on the other hand can be home grown and THAT is what keeps it illegal.

  40. benismoney says: May 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    Over 443,000 Americans (over 18 percent of all deaths) die because of smoking each year. Secondhand smoke kills about 50,000 of them…

    Alcohol abuse kills some 75,000 Americans each year and shortens the lives of these people by an average of 30 years, a U.S. government study suggested…

    ZERO deaths or cancers have been linked with Marijuana…

    Yet, tobacco and alcohol are both legal.

    Think about why that is. Who’s making FAT TAX money off of tobacco and alcohol?

  41. tipdrill84 says: May 18, 2012 5:36 PM

    Stoned players would never lead with their head!

  42. freemantowilliams says: May 18, 2012 5:36 PM

    Man I bet at least 60% of NFL players smoke green. Not gonna throw out names but I know for a fact that my brother rolled up and supplied a couple bucs pro bowlers a few years ago.

  43. totallydisgusted says: May 18, 2012 5:38 PM

    Let’s be honest. There are far worse drugs they could be using (ie codiene). But their is certain laziness associated with weed. Also you have consider what type of people you have to deal with in order to get it. A lot of those same people are the ones that assist in the derailment of careers.

  44. bmpgolfpro says: May 18, 2012 6:01 PM

    Alchohal abuse will kill you!
    Perscription drug abuse will kill you!
    Smoking cigarettes long term will kill you!
    Hell taking too much tylenal will kill you!

    All these are legal of course….

    Smoking weed will make you tired, hungry, and definitely will not kill you. But because it grows out of the ground the government can’t control it so it is illegal!!!! This country needs to wake up!!

    Last time I checked the government can’t tell me what plants I can eat, smoke, or use for therapy. It’s MY BODY!!!!!! Not theirs!!!! Get a clue people!!

  45. briang123 says: May 18, 2012 6:02 PM

    No, they grow the Mary Jane just fine.

  46. stellarperformance says: May 18, 2012 6:11 PM

    Legalize it, tax the hell out of it, and balance the national debt within three years. The only thing standing in the way is the liquor industry and their well-paid lobbyists.

  47. johnnyv47 says: May 18, 2012 6:17 PM

    NFL players have to test positive 3 times to get suspended. The first positive test he’s in the “substance abuse program”.. Seems like that program does absolutely nothing. So why even test? Personally, I really don’t care for weed but if they believe it helps them deal, then so be it. If their gonna do something then I’d rather them smoke than get DUIs or get in fights in a bar.

  48. dabayoubearsfan says: May 18, 2012 6:32 PM

    I believe pot officially became illegal in the 1930s there were some regulation before that. I’m pretty sure some our founding fathers used to toke some, I know Thomas Jefferson did.

  49. bigwalt2990 says: May 18, 2012 6:38 PM

    I’m surprised the NFL doesn’t consider it performance enhancing. It expands your mind. what were we talking about?

  50. buffalomafia says: May 18, 2012 6:39 PM

    Just legalize it

  51. spellingcops says: May 18, 2012 6:44 PM

    freemantowilliams says: May 18, 2012 5:36 PM

    Man I bet at least 60% of NFL players smoke green. Not gonna throw out names but I know for a fact that my brother rolled up and supplied a couple bucs pro bowlers a few years ago.
    ————————————————-
    No offense bro, but we know you’re lying. You said “Bucs pro bowlers.”

  52. jimmymarlinsfan says: May 18, 2012 6:45 PM

    The only way pot will become legal is when the VAST majority of the generation in power will have the balls to overturn the wrongs of the past. Let us not forget the smear campaign against weed was spear headed by the US and more specifically Henry Anslinger

    Quickly, think of all the countries in the world where pot is legal and could be smoked in front of your local police station without fear of arrest…

    On the bright side, I’m 30 and I know a lot of smokers…so hopefully in 10 to 20 years we will complete legalization at the federal level

  53. j0esixpack says: May 18, 2012 6:57 PM

    Many states now have medical marijuana laws.

    I would assume a player could get a prescription – at which point wouldn’t that become a private medical matter?

    And as long as the organization is fine with it, why should Roger Goodell be telling doctors what they can and can’t prescribe within the law?

  54. jebdamone says: May 18, 2012 7:00 PM

    Most recreational users probably don’t have changing the law high on their priority list. A little alcohol here and a little ganja there and things are mellow with me. However, the habitual, always high users are just too spaced out to have the focus and ability to impement change.
    ——————————————-

    i know numerous doctors, lawyers and business owners who habitually use marijuana who would disagree with you on that.

  55. saintsfan26 says: May 18, 2012 7:05 PM

    They will never legalize it because if they did, the government wouldnt make any money off of it. Every Joe Schmoe in America would just grow their own and give it away for free. No money would be made because the supply would be endless. The gov’t is happy with it being illegal because they can make money off of fines and medical use. As soon as it becomes legal, the govt wont make squat.

  56. alexanderkunkel says: May 18, 2012 7:43 PM

    rams1999 says:
    May 18, 2012 5:25 PM
    bearsstillsuck says:
    Prohibition didn’t get overturned because drunks stayed at home complaining to their friends that alcohol should be legal.
    ____________________________________

    By the way, prohibition got overturned because of the money it brought. They realized there was a high demand of alcoholics that would pay a price for a stupor of a drug. Marijuana on the other hand can be home grown and THAT is what keeps it illegal.

    ____________________________________

    The other reason why prohibition was overturned is that the money spent on moonshine/import booze directly funded criminal organizations. Watch Boardwalk Empire for example, not saying it is a factual example. After they released the “if you smoke pot you support terrorists” ad I wondered why they wouldn’t make it illegal.

    I do agree they should tax the hell out of it too. I mean the $1 dollar tax on tobacco that would fund cancer research is a great idea. That would provide an insane amount of funding for a wonderful cause. The same could be said about doing it with marijuana.

    People might complain, but I don’t really feel bad for taxing a product which anyone can grow. If they placed a $10 tax on tomatoes would anyone buy them in the store?

  57. smutco says: May 18, 2012 8:03 PM

    “I’m tired of pot head people complaining that it’s not legal while doing nothing to change the law. They need to start lobbying congress, run for office, and get petitions signed to influence their elected officials.”

    Well you’ve demonstrated your genuine ignorance of our efforts. We’ve changed or gotten the Legislatures of 17 States and DC to implement medicinal cannabis patient protection laws, got California to finally decriminalize petty possession in 2011, Massachussetts in 2008, overturned a re-criminalization law in Oregon in 1998, oh never mind, I don’t have time to list all of the things we’ve accomplished in changing this idiotic law but it’s extensive, and dates back to Oregon’s decrim of petty possession in 1973.

  58. raiderapologist says: May 18, 2012 8:26 PM

    ridexile says: May 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    If you do your research on how pot originally became illegal…its really messed up. Blatant lies were told to congress by people who profited over pot being illegal, and with no other research to disprove the lies, it was carried out like it has.

    To paraphrase the great songwriter Todd Snider:

    The war on drugs is funded by alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical companies. It’s not what drug you’re strung out on they care about so much as whose. When marijuana became illegal, it was considered to be the drug of choice for minorities. So if you support prohibition, you’re a racist! Smoke a bowl for equality, brother.

  59. themonster49 says: May 18, 2012 9:10 PM

    Interesting.

  60. themonster49 says: May 18, 2012 9:16 PM

    Focus on football, commentors. You’re all wrong so far anyways, it was one man running for high office and ran a smere campaign using marijuana and illegal immigrants mostly near the border in texas to fear people into giving him the power higher than his office should have had. There are official record documentaries on TV about it all the time.

  61. beelicker says: May 18, 2012 9:23 PM

    Don’t leave out the prison industrial complex & the lawyers, they’re totally both down with any racket which creates a steady cash flow of new ‘criminals’ to process & ship … and for a victimless crime, no less, based on one of nature’s true gifts. Not to mention the sheer unnecessary burden it puts on the tax base warehousing them.

    “Hey, vote for me to be tougher on crime so we’ll need to build even more so we can be even tougher on crime & give tax fat breaks to the guys who build the prisons while loving the Constitution & freedom from regulation enterprises, Amen!”

    A little hard time payin’ your debt maybe learnin’ from the pros how to crime spree & a record & big ol’ grudge chip on your shoulder from the sheer hypocrisy of it when you’d get out & try to reenter the job market … like I said, beaucoup steady cashflow for the ^%.

  62. detroitcityryda says: May 18, 2012 10:11 PM

    Tree of truth god gave it to people to see things they way they should be that’s why it’s called alkabujo the tree of truth in native Indian or travicus native Illyrian “first European people “

  63. noahbird says: May 19, 2012 12:08 PM

    Pot is healthier and less addictive than pain killers. People are dumb.

  64. chazatlas says: May 19, 2012 9:13 PM

    I’d rather smoke weed and chill out than take prescription meds and be tuned out.

  65. mrseaballs says: Jul 25, 2013 12:55 AM

    That’s another reason the top free agents want to come play for Coach Carroll in Seattle ! It’s a groovy place to be with the whole
    legal weed thing.

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