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Pats prepare for first trip to land of legal pot

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Colorado is now Mile High in more ways than one.  On Friday, the Patriots will be heading there for the first time since the legalization of recreational marijuana resulted in the ability of residents and visitors to buy some buds and blaze.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the topic on Friday.  As usual, he said as little as possible.

Asked if there has been any specific advice to players about smoking pot, Belichick said, “I think we know what the NFL policy is on that.”

Belichick then was asked a couple of follow-up questions by reporters who apparently don’t realize that the NFL hasn’t created an exemption for marijuana in the states that have legalized it.  And, as usual, he said as little as possible.

Quarterback Tom Brady was asked about it, too.  As usual, he said a little more.  And he was a little more charming.  (Bill sets a fairly low bar.)

Here’s the exchange.

Q:  This is the first time you’ll be visiting an NFL city where recreational marijuana use is legal.

TB: Are you excited about that?

Q: Has anyone advised the young players against it?

TB: We haven’t talked about that. Maybe you guys [can] tell me what that’s all about.

Q: I was just wondering if it would be a temptation.

TB: Hopefully not. This is a very important game for us and it’s a business trip.

While the league’s policy against marijuana applies even in a place where everyone else of legal age can legally buy it and legally smoke it, players who aren’t currently in the substance-abuse program have a very low risk of getting in trouble.  For them, the testing window doesn’t open again until April 20 (yes, 4/20).

Thus, unless a bag of pot falls out of their pocket or duffel bag or fanny pack other device for carrying stuff, there’s no way of getting in trouble, since the typical way of getting in trouble (getting arrested for marijuana possession) can’t happen.

The only problem could be finding a place to smoke it.  The law doesn’t permit marijuana to be smoked publicly, and it’s probably not a good idea to smoke it in the player’s room at the team hotel, with or without a wet towel at the bottom of the door.

Either way, someone from the Patriots surely will buy some legalized pot and smoke it at some point before Sunday’s game.  And then they’ll inevitably buy a pizza from one of the various Papa John’s franchise owned by Peyton Manning in the Denver area.

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50 Responses to “Pats prepare for first trip to land of legal pot”
  1. alshonbrandontandem says: Jan 17, 2014 1:30 PM

    “I hope I get traded to the Broncos”

    Kenny Britt

  2. heisthejuan says: Jan 17, 2014 1:32 PM

    I never knew that you were supposed to wet the towel.

  3. helix828 says: Jan 17, 2014 1:33 PM

    “Yeah, we played a great game. Great team win. The team bong session really brought it all together. Got any Funyons?”

    Great press conference…or greatest press conference?

  4. thepftpoet says: Jan 17, 2014 1:35 PM

    Somewhere the Seahawks players are laughing while snorting PEDs

  5. cardmagnet says: Jan 17, 2014 1:36 PM

    My money’s on Aqib Talib to not only purchase and use, but to be dumb enough to be caught in public with it.

  6. patsarethegoat says: Jan 17, 2014 1:36 PM

    Peyton Manning will be smoking a fatty after losing… that’s for sure

  7. shockey19 says: Jan 17, 2014 1:36 PM

    So, in other words, playing in Colorado is no different than playing in any other state. Don’t get caught with it and you’re fine.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 17, 2014 1:37 PM

    The safest place to toke up would be on the field behind the play during the game. Nobody in the world covers that jurisdiction.

  9. bucrightoff says: Jan 17, 2014 1:37 PM

    Hopefully Peyton can start shilling for weed like he does Papa Johns and Oreos and all the other things that go good after a blunt.

  10. tedmurph says: Jan 17, 2014 1:38 PM

    Ask a stupid question…

  11. ravenswhat says: Jan 17, 2014 1:38 PM

    So Peyton will get some moral victory at least.

  12. tacasey says: Jan 17, 2014 1:41 PM

    Bill Belichick and the team should smoke some pot. If they lose, we can all watch team eating hotdogs and laughing on the sidelines in the 4th quarter.

  13. cajunaise says: Jan 17, 2014 1:46 PM

    New Denver mascot: Munchy.

  14. azarkhan says: Jan 17, 2014 1:48 PM

    It’s still against federal law, which is why the marijuana shops in Colorado and Washington have real problems getting bank accounts. It’s straight cash, homie.

  15. forsbergler says: Jan 17, 2014 1:51 PM

    Talib – “No officer I was just looking for the Denver Market! Oh that vasoline? uhhhh uh sometimes I get really dry skin up in this Mile High Air Sir!”

  16. nfloracle says: Jan 17, 2014 1:52 PM

    Peyton owns Papa John franchises in Denver? I didn’t know that… but I do know he’s going to be the first NFL player to be a billionaire at some point, if he’s not there already.

  17. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Jan 17, 2014 1:53 PM

    Roll it up, light it up, smoke it up, Inhale, Exhale

  18. badmude says: Jan 17, 2014 1:54 PM

    The Broncos are excited that the Patriots are coming to town. Because they are bring with them a 220lb Blount with them. All 11 players on the Bronco’s defense will all be trying to get a hit on that Blount.

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 17, 2014 1:55 PM

    I’m sorry, mushroom clouds of smoke are just not reviewable, it could have come from anywhere. What if it was a sideline fire? We don’t have protocol language for that either so game on.

  20. sfraider says: Jan 17, 2014 1:58 PM

    Is Omaha code for for weed?

  21. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 17, 2014 1:59 PM

    So you WET the towel? This is information I could have used.

  22. ripster65 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:00 PM

    As if the players would be more inclined to “try” weed just because it’s legal in CO. Anyone who wants to smoke certainly wouldn’t have to wait until they get to CO to do so.

  23. johndank says: Jan 17, 2014 2:01 PM

    blaze it up

  24. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 17, 2014 2:03 PM

    Manning will be endorsing his favorite marijuana strain after the game.

  25. unbridledsexy says: Jan 17, 2014 2:05 PM

    I know if i were a Pat and lost the game i’d probably stay an extra week to “enjoy the scenery”.

  26. theoriginalbvan says: Jan 17, 2014 2:10 PM

    That’s the worse looking leaf I’ve ever seen!

  27. trollhammer20 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:11 PM

    I read where prices are $400/oz and there are widespread shortages. So much for legalization leading to lower prices and greater availability.

  28. dstroi says: Jan 17, 2014 2:16 PM

    Peyton is not stupid in those regards. Why do you think he bought franchises? Pot = Pizza, Hence, a lot of Pot means a lot of pizza and a lot of revenue to be made in Colorado. Maybe he expands in D.C.?

  29. farkingjackhole says: Jan 17, 2014 2:20 PM

    All these questions asked at the press conference, while amusing, were pointless.

    If I’m not mistaken, you must have a valid Colorado drivers license in order to purchase legal recreational weed in Colorado so, unless there are Patriots players who reside in Colorado during the offseason, this is really a non-issue.

  30. jimmyt says: Jan 17, 2014 2:26 PM

    Oh-oh! Hell is about to freeze over. Tom Brady just made me smile and have a good chuckle:

    Q: This is the first time you’ll be visiting an NFL city where recreational marijuana use is legal.

    TB: Are you excited about that?

    Well played young man, well played.

  31. surfinbird1 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:27 PM

    Gotta be high to eat that PaPa John’s cardboard.

  32. malab377 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:29 PM

    “someone from the Patriots surely will buy some legalized pot and smoke it at some point before Sunday’s game”

    And he will probably ask Von Miller where he can buy it…

  33. elliottcovert says: Jan 17, 2014 2:31 PM

    This is the Patriots, not the Bengals. Shouldn’t be a problem.

  34. steelerben says: Jan 17, 2014 2:40 PM

    This is just silly. It isn’t like the law was passed over the weekend. How many teams have played in Denver and Seattle since the initiatives passed without incident?

    And I highly doubt, no pun intended, that anyone who hasn’t already tried marijuana is going to be somehow sucked into buying and smoking some while they are preparing to play in the AFC Championship game. While it is legalized for recreational use, it isn’t like it is being sold at 7-11 and will be an impulse purchase.

  35. dmartin17 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:42 PM

    “Either way, someone from the Patriots surely will buy some legalized pot and smoke it at some point before Sunday’s game. And then they’ll inevitably buy a pizza from one of the various Papa John’s franchise owned by Peyton Manning in the Denver area.”

    Huh? Lots of speculation or just a bad joke?

  36. alshonbrandontandem says: Jan 17, 2014 2:50 PM

    Doesn’t Nate Newton live in Colorado?

  37. bradygirl12 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:57 PM

    They call it Mile High Stadium for a reason.

  38. patsfan1820 says: Jan 17, 2014 3:07 PM

    Talib please don’t do anything stupid.

  39. dwaterdog says: Jan 17, 2014 3:15 PM

    You can’t smell pot brownies, cookies, candy being consumed in a hotel room! LOL. I’d say that will affect their level of play due to the hangover effect when eating it.

    Maybe some covert CO residents or hotels need to provide the Patriot players with some gift baskets.

  40. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 17, 2014 3:25 PM

    Guys be smart. Just buy a whole bunch of weed and save it for LATER. Make sure you put it in airplane carry-ons so you don’t lose it.

  41. listenup823 says: Jan 17, 2014 3:56 PM

    Moreno rushed for over 200 against the pats the first game.. What did Blount do?

  42. rjbell4 says: Jan 17, 2014 4:19 PM

    You can still get arrested on federal possession charges if a federal prosecutor feels like it. I’m just waiting for that to happen for a federal prosecutor with an ax to grind, or to try to trip someone up like how they got Al Capone on tax evasion charges.

  43. rikkyt00 says: Jan 17, 2014 4:58 PM

    Well now we need to push (pun intended) for a SB to be played in Denver or Seattle. 2 wks before the game, i wonder how funny the press conferences could be. Creative face paint ( leaves with team colors ) .How about infused edibles at the concession stands, (or even better food) lots of laughter, you get the picture .

  44. barneyrumble says: Jan 17, 2014 5:19 PM

    farkingjackhole says:
    Jan 17, 2014 2:20 PM

    All these questions asked at the press conference, while amusing, were pointless.

    If I’m not mistaken, you must have a valid Colorado drivers license in order to purchase legal recreational weed in Colorado so, unless there are Patriots players who reside in Colorado during the offseason, this is really a non-issue.
    _________—-
    Sorry dude you ARE mistaken. If you are a Colorado resident you can buy an ounce and if you are a non resident, you can only buy a quarter of an ounce, bottom line you don’t have to be a resident. Google is your friend!

  45. tedmurph says: Jan 17, 2014 6:20 PM

    FU to anyone that buys Papa John’s pizza. This guy is worth 500 mil, but claimed he had to raise the price of each pizza by 18 cents and cut payroll due to Obamacare, while giving away a million pizzas and paying PManning in his advertising campaign. Go ahead, give this snakeoil salesman your money, chumps.

  46. neatz says: Jan 17, 2014 7:08 PM

    badmude says:
    Jan 17, 2014 1:54 PM
    The Broncos are excited that the Patriots are coming to town. Because they are bring with them a 220lb Blount with them. All 11 players on the Bronco’s defense will all be trying to get a hit on that Blount.

    Another fair weather fan for donkeys, theyare all coming out from everywhere since they know that this window is so small..maybe a hit or retirement of 18 will send them back to top 5 draft team.

    have you seen your Secondary..they dont like to tackle….. DMC or Bailey?..good luck with that.

  47. bunkerhillbob says: Jan 17, 2014 8:19 PM

    If you think any of Bill Belichick’s players will be trying to get hooked up with grass, instead of being 100% focused on kicking Denver’s arse, you ain’t been paying attention or are wishful thinkin’. Watch out Bronks, here come the Pats!

  48. bigdaddy44 says: Jan 17, 2014 8:28 PM

    After hearing about Peyton’s neck problems again, and hearing his recent “Bud Light” reference, leads me to believe he will hang it up after this season. One more neck injury could change the course of his life, and the beer remark sounds like he is setting up another endorsement deal for his retirement. Then he will be able to legally get stoned, munch out on free Papa John’s and drink free Bud Light for the rest of his life. Man, would I be jealous! The rich just get richer!!!

  49. raiderapologist says: Jan 17, 2014 9:03 PM

    Is that not a five finger leaf in that picture? I think seven is required, at a minimum, whether it’s sativa or indica.

  50. philswfc08 says: Jan 18, 2014 7:59 AM

    Plenty of other ways to get in trouble without it being illegal (getting arrested)…just ask Devone Bess.

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