Legal marijuana use begins in Colorado, but NFL policy still bans it

AP

Yes, there’s an echo in here.

Last week, we pointed out that marijuana use is now legal in Washington.  Unless you work for the NFL.

This week, marijuana use is now legal in Colorado.  Unless you work for the NFL.

So while Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will get extra business at his 21 Papa John’s franchises, neither Peyton nor any of his teammates should be blazing as the prelude to a pizza.

Yes, remains against NFL policy to smoke marijuana, even though the policy arguably can be interpreted to allow smoking marijuana where doing so is legal.  The fact that marijuana remains illegal under federal law gives the NFL to cover to continue to discipline players who smoke it.

17 responses to “Legal marijuana use begins in Colorado, but NFL policy still bans it

  1. Tyrann Mathieu demands an explanation. He was hoping to land a roster spot for either the Seahawks or Broncos next year.

  2. Smoke pot = criminal
    Pound alcohol = legal

    Which one is more damaging? Hypocrisy at it’s best.

  3. Aren’t there other legal drugs that players can be punished for taking? Starcaps was over the counter, right? I guess I’ve just always thought the NFL, and sports leagues generally, banned a wider range of drugs than what was illegal. Obviously, all illegal drugs were a no go, but others as well.

  4. Marijuana being ‘legal’ is a myth…. It’s still a violation of Federal law in all 50 states, just because the individual states decide to ‘allow’ it doesn’t take it off Schedule I… and the Supreme court has already ruled that regulating it is a Federal power.

    something tells me the NFL isn’t going to allow players to violate federal law regardless if all 50 states ‘legalize’ it…. the DOJ could decide to start busting people any minute…

  5. Just legalize the stuff and spend the law enforcement money somewhere on more important issues.

    Or better yet, give it back to the taxpayer…oh wait that will never happen.

  6. buffalobills2012 says:
    Dec 10, 2012 3:46 PM
    whens the last time a NFL player got behind the wheel and killed someone on weed? Oh, never

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    I don’t smoke weed but I am 100% for it being legal. With that said, people should not be behind the wheel while high.

  7. buffalobills2012 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:46 PM

    whens the last time a NFL player got behind the wheel and killed someone on weed? Oh, never

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    Plenty of people have been killed by people who were driving high! NFL players might not have done it but don’t act like people who are high don’t cause horrific accidents. It’s very easy to zone out behind the wheel when stoned.

  8. whens the last time a NFL player got behind the wheel and killed someone on weed? Oh, never
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    See Stallworth, Donte

  9. Well, once Peyton calls an audible, we’ll know if anyone on the Denver offense has decided to test the policy. Should take about one play.

  10. It will never happen on Hanging Judge Roger Goodell’s watch, but the NFL needs to conduct a serious re-examination of its entire banned-substance policy under the supervision of medical experts, not corporate bosses. It’s absurd for players to be fined and suspended for using over-the-counter supplements they can buy at GNC.

    These are professional athletes whose livelihoods depend on their bodies–of course they’re trying to speed healing and enhance their performance. Why shouldn’t they? The NFL’s only concern shoud be whether the substances they use are legal, safe, and obtained through medically sound sources. These draconian witch hunts don’t serve the well-being of the players or the good of the league. And while I don’t use either, I agree that it’s the worst kind of hypocrisy to suspend players for smoking pot when alcohol is a considerably more dangerous drug.

  11. randomguy9999 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:03 PM

    Marijuana being ‘legal’ is a myth…. It’s still a violation of Federal law in all 50 states, just because the individual states decide to ‘allow’ it doesn’t take it off Schedule I… and the Supreme court has already ruled that regulating it is a Federal power.

    something tells me the NFL isn’t going to allow players to violate federal law regardless if all 50 states ‘legalize’ it…. the DOJ could decide to start busting people any minute…
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    GOD there are some sheep that frequent here. One of the biggest issues in this country is too big of government and the states no handling things themselves. NO, I do not toke myself but I see nothing wrong with it either. Your federal government has no issues with you eating GMO, but you can’t smoke a plant?

  12. but NFL policy still bans it

    Like all employers whose employees have jobs of consequence.

    Paper pushing bureaucrats? Smoke it up…….

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