Five more NFL teams will be playing in weed-legal states

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More and more NFL teams play in jurisdictions where the recreational use of marijuana is now legal.

In one day, the total more than tripled, from two to seven. With California and Massachusetts joining Washington and Colorado, the 49ers, Raiders, Rams, Chargers, and Patriots join the Seahawks and Broncos as teams that play in places where marijuana can be smoked for any purpose.

And if/when the Raiders move to Nevada, that won’t change; Nevada has legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes, too.

Florida is one of various states to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Jaguars, Dolphins, and Buccaneers play there.

In all, that’s 10 teams playing in a state where marijuana has been legalized in some form or fashion. As that number increases, the NFL’s prohibition on marijuana use becomes more and more glaring.

The league previously has justified the ongoing ban because federal law still regards marijuana as a controlled substance. While that’s still the case, the federal government has taken no steps to shut down marijuana use in the states where it is legal.

As marijuana use becomes accepted on a widespread basis, the league’s refusal to allow players to use it for any reason becomes more glaring — especially since NFL players spend multiple months of the year completely away from the workplace.

87 responses to “Five more NFL teams will be playing in weed-legal states

  1. I still don’t know why the NFL cares. It’s illegal federally; so what? They aren’t the federal government.

  2. The Niners look like they’ve been playing ripped since last year. Unmotivated, poor choices, and bonehead moves. It’s a depressing time being a Niners fan. I need a brown paper bag to puke in and put over my head.

  3. Dont Vontaze Me Bro!! says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:21 PM
    Here come all the pot heads who are gonna tell us that if we legalize it and we all spend everyday high it will prevent cancer, and cure HIV, and end world hunger…

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    Someone needs a joint.

  4. The mafia made all of its money off of prohibition. It’s cute that it takes a mere century to drive that point home to some people.

  5. Either don’t test for weed at all (which is the right move) or alternatively ONLY test for it during the season.

    There’s an angle here where you don’t want to risk your professional athletes’ abilities deteriorating because they’re heavy users of marijuana during the season. In the offseason, though? Let them do what they want, particularly if it’s legal for 1/3 of them.

    I think it’s a fair compromise.

  6. .
    If you stay focused on the weed, you won’t notice that 23,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses last year. You won’t ask how a billion dollars a week worth of heroin gets smuggled into the country. You won’t ask how a billion dollars a week gets laundered out. And, most importantly, you won’t ask into whose pocket the billion dollars a week is going.

    Keep focused on the accountant smoking a bone in his house while watching reruns of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” . He’s your problem. He’s a threat. We better get him into a federal prison so the taxpayers can support him.
    .

  7. Hiding domestic violence. Corruption and scams by the owners.

    Meanwhile demonizing players who smoke week, celebrate a big play or wear the wrong color shoes.

    SMH

    The league is in its death throes and it doesn’t even know it yet.

    TV ratings will continue to sink.

  8. Dont Vontaze Me Bro!! says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:21 PM

    Here come all the pot heads who are gonna tell us that if we legalize it and we all spend everyday high it will prevent cancer, and cure HIV, and end world hunger…

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    I’ll settle for not putting people in jail for something that is relatively harmless and has the potential to get people away from opioids for pain management. States that have legalized weed in at least some form have seen substantial reductions in overdoses.

  9. Potheads typically become lazy apathetic losers who don’t care about anything or anyone except getting high. Just what we need in a country with almost 100 million working age people without jobs.

  10. The new laws do not obviate other companies testing requirements either. Until the law is changed at the federal level that’s not going to change.

  11. Using this argument, you could also say that because PEDs are legal in all 50 states, the NFL’s prohibition on PEDs becomes more and more glaring.

    In other words, why should the NFL change it’s policy on this just because the substance is legal?

    Lame argument.

  12. I need to invest money in vending machines. If I put a vending machine with Bugles chips near a store that sells marijuana, I’ll make a fortune!

  13. Why is the NFL still thinking weed is going to enhance a players performance?

    Getting off the couch is hard to do when high… there is now way this is going to enhance the performance.

    It is great for pain management and 100’s of other legit uses.

  14. The line just opened in Vegas – who is the first front line NFL QB who will suffer a major injury because his offensive linemen are too laid back to protect him?

  15. I believe there are 18 teams that play in states where marijuana is/will be legal outright or medically legal. I don’t know about other states; but before it became legal in Washington obtaining a medical card was easy.

  16. Matt from San Diego says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:44 PM
    Legal in DC too homie, thats where the Washington Redskins play.

    Obviously you know nothing about football, as the “Washington” Redskins play in Maryland, where it is certainly not legal for req use lol.

  17. yesser12 says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:14 PM
    Does not mean people can go to work high. Jobs still have rules too.

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    Its not so much about going to work high (common sense should rule that out) as what these guys are allowed to do in their spare time.

  18. Obviously my sarcasm was too harsh for people. I personally don’t care what people do in their free time. If the government can regulate it and make money off taxing it, lets be honest, that what the gov does best, tax stuff, then I have no issues.

    But to the point I have seen above about opioid addiction. Its a major problem in America. People are using and ODing in ridiculous numbers. The reason? Because the legalization of marijuana is taking money out of the hands of the drug cartels. So to make up for it, they are moving from pot to cheaper, more dangerous heroin. There are always unintended consequences to everything. The “legalize it” crowd is harmless. the consequences of legalization is killing us off in record numbers

  19. raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:16 PM

    Let them use it! Holy crap, it isnt that hard of a decision!!

    ————

    So you’re saying if YOU owned a business with lots of money invested (such as home renovation, car repair, brick and mortar store, etc.), you would let all your employees freely smoke? Be damned with productivity and safety! Be damned with profits!

  20. Players can’t smoke pot but they can get drunk and pop pain pills until they’re blue in the face.

    “That just don’t make no sense, dog.” – Antonio Gates

  21. Yo…Do I smell like weed?

    Nah, you good dog. Do I smell like weed?

    Nah man….you good to go!

    -Signed
    2 NFL players that smell like weed.

  22. well that’s good for the nfl because really the only way to watch this ever increasingly, ridiculously bad product they are producing is high.

  23. This is the same government who thinks Marijuana is a schedule 1 or class 1 drug. Think about that for a second? They think that Marijuana belongs in the same category as Heroin, LSD and cocaine. In a nation that glorifies alcohol when it once did not back in the prohibition days, it is now promoted and/or sponsored by most professional sporting leagues around the globe because it’s a multi-billion dollar conglomerate that banks money. If it is state solidified legal for 5 US states already, why is the rest of the country behind especially for medicinal purposes? I am curious to see how Colorado is doing and if they’re flourishing due to the legalization of Marijuana. If they’re profiting from it and contributing to the economy, what doesn’t the rest of the country follow suit?

  24. Legalized cannabis is a job creator and generator of tax revenue. It also means tax savings in terms of clearing non-violent offenders from the court system. Even if a person doesn’t use it or approve of it, it’s time to stop arresting our neighbors for something that is less harmful than alcohol. Kudos to voters for seeing the economic benefits of cannabis.

  25. If they held a substance abuse Olympics where the athletes had to perform while intoxicated on a recreational substance, the athletes on weed would win the silver metal (behind those preforming on amphetamines who would certainly win the gold.) but alcohol (which the NFL heavily promotes) wouldn’t even place and probably finish towards the bottom next to the heroin junkies.

    Alcohol is just so hard on your entire system. Daily use over decades of use will cripple you. If you know you are predisposed to abusing a substance your better off with weed than booze.

  26. Billions of dollars are lost every year by employees going to work flat hungover. I have never awakened to a pot hangover. Think about it America!

  27. Keep focused on the accountant smoking a bone in his house while watching reruns of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” . He’s your problem. He’s a threat. We better get him into a federal prison so the taxpayers can support him.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    All the weed at Snoops house couldn’t make that show watchable ?!?!?

  28. edelmanfanclub says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:23 PM
    Its legal here in NJ for medical purposes but virtually impossible to get bc of Christie. Legal in DC as well but the Skins play in Maryland.
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    Less then 9 grams in MD is a civil fine not a criminal offense so at least that’s something.

  29. “Potheads typically become lazy apathetic losers who don’t care about anything or anyone except getting high.”

    Lolz keep lying to propagate the myth.

    Everyone I know who smokes works and works hard.

    By the way do you drink alcohol ?

  30. When are companies in these states going to stop drug testing for pot? Its harshing my mell.

  31. “-Signed
    2 NFL players that smell like weed.”

    That’s assuming they wouldn’t get vape pens which do not smell like anything. You can smoke them in the middle of a crown and no one will ever know.

  32. “So you’re saying if YOU owned a business with lots of money invested (such as home renovation, car repair, brick and mortar store, etc.), you would let all your employees freely smoke? Be damned with productivity and safety! Be damned with profits!”

    Why do you assume that’s the case ?

    People go to work every day and don’t drink during working hours, why do you automatically think they’ll be smoking all day?

    No, they should not be smoking at work, but there’s no reason they can’t smoke in the evening just like they are free to have a drink if they want to at that point in the day.

  33. Well, if the feds ever legalizes it and the NFL stops testing, the poor Colts will never be able to sign another Free Agent. As the most regressive state in the nation for a while now, Indiana will pass a law recriminalizing it.

  34. legal Schmegal it’s here, it has ALWAYS been here, it is easily obtainable and for the prohibitionists who post their ignorant and stereotypical stoner jokes here-GET A CLUE! Better yet go have a toke or two.

  35. I think it’s irresponsible to just group all users of pot in the same category as Seth Rogen in Knocked Up.

    I smoke semi-regularly, run a successful freelance writing business, and a social media agency.

    I also know imprisoning people for petty drug offences is designed to further the Prison Economy. It is illegal in most states because the government is comprised of people who really aren’t that bright and are having a difficult time figuring out how to monetize the substance if it’s legalized.

    Let’s stop acting like the NFL, the government, or the justice system are out to stop marijuana for the greater good.

    In fact, quite the contrary.

  36. 31% of NFL teams play in states where smoking pot is NOT against the law. As much as I, personally, am against it being legalized if it’s legal during personal time (when NOT at work) then it should not be deemed illegal by the NFL. If a team wants to penalize or cut a player for showing-up to work high that’s their right, just like any other employer. Sorry King Roger, marijuana needs to be removed from the banned list.

  37. It is no different than working for The Federal Govt. While it may be legal in your state you would still be subject to lose your job testing positive. When The Federal Govt legalizes it is when you will see changes elsewhere.

  38. I do not nor have I ever smoked weed but this is encouraging to see. It’s about time they dropped this crap and let people smoke a plant if they want to rather than ruining their lives by throwing them in jail if they do, as well as also causing a huge drain on taxpayers.

    Quit living in the early 20th century and move on.

  39. iteabaggedurwife says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:54 PM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:16 PM

    Let them use it! Holy crap, it isnt that hard of a decision!!

    ————

    So you’re saying if YOU owned a business with lots of money invested (such as home renovation, car repair, brick and mortar store, etc.), you would let all your employees freely smoke? Be damned with productivity and safety! Be damned with profits!

    —————

    Not at work! What are you thinking? But just like alcohol, what they do after work is their own business.

  40. wow – this one really brought out the crazies, first legalizing weed does not mean any employer has to allow you to be intoxicated while on the job, these states are regulating weed just like alcohol. And from a medical stand point it is a very effective pain killer that has little side effects when compared to the opiates currently used, one would assume NFL teams would prefer their players not to be addicted to pain killers, which while not highly publicized is a common problem in every sport

  41. iteabaggedurwife says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:54 PM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:16 PM

    Let them use it! Holy crap, it isnt that hard of a decision!!

    ————

    So you’re saying if YOU owned a business with lots of money invested (such as home renovation, car repair, brick and mortar store, etc.), you would let all your employees freely smoke? Be damned with productivity and safety! Be damned with profits!

    —————————————————
    Big difference between smoking on the job and smoking after work. People coming to work drunk or hung over create more of a safety hazard then someone who smoked a joint or 2 the night before.

  42. Where are the studies on marijuana and NFL players. Get it done and publish. Do so with other drugs while you are at it. Anyway, as long as he is not flying my plane or during next to me I’m OK with it

  43. lingsun54 says:

    Nov 9, 2016 1:39 PM
    Potheads typically become lazy apathetic losers who don’t care about anything or anyone except getting high. Just what we need in a country with almost 100 million working age people without jobs.

    I think you are talking about alcoholics or prescription pill heads. Guess what? Those are legal…

    Must be a trump supporter

  44. doggeatdogg says:
    Nov 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    Where are the studies on marijuana and NFL players. Get it done and publish. Do so with other drugs while you are at it. Anyway, as long as he is not flying my plane or during next to me I’m OK with it

    It is supposed to help with concussion problems. But we have no way to know all of the potential because the Feds have it as a schedule 1 drug with no currently accepted medical uses. We all know that is incorrect as it helps with a ton of issues already.

  45. This story is essentially pointless as it relates to football. 1. It’s limited medical Marijuana in Florida. 2. Any player that is going to smoke weed is going to get it regardless of whether or not it is legal. Guess what? Booze is legal in every state that football is played in, do players come to the games drunk? It’s silly to think that these votes have ANYTHING to do with the NFL.

  46. 2since96 says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:51 PM
    Matt from San Diego says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:44 PM
    Legal in DC too homie, thats where the Washington Redskins play.
    Obviously you know nothing about football, as the “Washington” Redskins play in Maryland, where it is certainly not legal for req use lol
    ================================
    Obviously you are not as smart as you think you are, as the “Washington” Redskins do play in Maryland, but since Redskins Park is located in Ashburn VA, the players live in, and spend the vast majority of their time in Virginia. Like in Maryland, possession of any amount of Marijuana is a criminal offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  47. lingsun54 says:
    Nov 9, 2016 1:39 PM
    Potheads typically become lazy apathetic losers who don’t care about anything or anyone except getting high. Just what we need in a country with almost 100 million working age people without jobs.
    ==========================================

    Uh, we’re not even remotely close to 100 million out of work. Did you swallow the red pill lies about the economy? It’s not surprising whatsoever that you’re wrong about the numbers and living off of old stereotypes of weed users. Are all consumers of alcohol party animals or alcoholics sitting alone at the bar? No.

  48. The Fed is already getting pressure to reschedule the drug from the banking cartels. As a Sched 1 drug its a cash only game. Drop that to a sched 2, legal opiates and such, and it opens up the banking channels – credit cards. At that point the NFL will concede to the teams policy.

  49. Ricky Williams was a hell of a player. Weed didn’t seem to harm his
    production. In addition I don’t recall Ricky getting into violent
    situations like many alcohol fueled players have. There is aomthing to
    be said about chillin at home.

  50. As that number increases, the NFL’s prohibition on marijuana use becomes more and more glaring.
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    It’s legal in my state and a tons of people work places where you’ll be fired if you tested positive. The legality has actually driven more and more employers to ban use and implement testing.

  51. Weed detractors think they have it all figured out. ” they all become lazy and only think about more weed” gimme a friggin break. so the two guys you know who were stoners in high school ended up “losers”. well, I’m here to tell you there are avid stoners in many professions and they are highly successful individuals. lawyers, accountants, restaurateurs, artists and even law enforcement. so save me the clip about typical stoners. You know a ton more than you think you do, they just don’t fit the “typical” prototype you have set up in you mind.

    Hands down better than opioids or Alcohol and it has a protective effect with concussion injuries so the NFL should he doing backflips to get it to its players.
    Politics and money.

  52. this (as well as the votes last night for weed) are a moot point.

    Trump has already said he is going to repeal those intentions…yes the intentions of hard working VOTING americans. and this will begin the giant resounding “Wait i thought he represented me, i thought he was a blue collar billionaire..you know….one of us! i thought it was gonna change!”.

  53. “Potheads typically become lazy apathetic losers who don’t care about anything or anyone except getting high.”

    Meanwhile, the guys/gals at your work that smoke…people you might even look up to, know about this intolerant, ignorant attitude you have and keep the fact hidden from you.

    I actually have two friends forced to stop smoking pot because of jobs over the years and both ended up terrible drunks. One is dead from liver disease.

    Enjoy!

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