NFLPA reminds players that marijuana remains prohibited

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In the wake of ballot measures that allow a certain type of baking in Colorado and Washington, the NFLPA has moved quickly to let players know that marijuana remains prohibited in the NFL.

In a memo sent to all agents and player representatives, the NFLPA explains that marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, despite the legalization of its use under state law in Colorado and Washington.

If a looming showdown between the federal government and officials in Colorado and/or Washington results in a finding that states may choose to legalize marijuana, the circumstances will change.  For now, though, players in Denver or Seattle shouldn’t celebrate election day by lighting a victory cigar stuffed with anything other than tobacco.

17 responses to “NFLPA reminds players that marijuana remains prohibited

  1. “For now, though, players in Denver or Seattle shouldn’t celebrate election day by lighting a victory cigar stuffed with anything other than tobacco.”

    Or drink a lot of booze and somehow get home without running over a family of 4 crossing the street.

  2. If they just repealed all marijuana laws everyone would get along a lot better.

    And all those scary types that end up in prison for dealing marijuana? Well they wouldn’t be able to afford it anymore anyway.

    It would become a luxury of the wealthy, much like a fine scotch.

    Of course the poor would still get Boone’s Farms dirt weed.

  3. “NFLPA reminds players that marijuana remains prohibited”

    I can just see all the knuckleheads failing drug tests now. The NFL might want each player to sign an acknowledgment letter.

  4. Under Federal law, a Schedule I controlled substance means that it has no medicinal benefit. Heroin and coke are also Schedule I. Yet medicinal marijuana is legal in over 20 states…

  5. If you went to school and listened during social studies in like 5th grade you would know that all federal laws overrule any state law…this is because the state is part of the country of the United States.

  6. Players will do what they want regaurdless of the consequences as history has proved. People living in Colorado or Washington can now watch thier favorite teams while smoking a blunt. Right or wrong in anyones eyes …. it is what it is… Legal there.

  7. @druhlman – It isn’t that simple.

    If you read the Constitution, specifically the Tenth Amendment you would know that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

    Ask yourself: Why did the prohibition of alcohol require a Constitutional Amendment (18th)?

    And, of course, we all remember from our 5th grade History class that it failed, miserably, and was repealed by the 21st Amendment.

    Laws are debatable. That is what lawyers and courts and juries are for.

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