Pats prepare for first trip to land of legal pot

Reuters

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.

50 responses to “Pats prepare for first trip to land of legal pot

  1. “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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!”

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.?

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. “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…

  15. 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.

  16. “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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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 .

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!!!

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