Can NFL players in Washington and Colorado smoke weed now? No, they cannot.
It turns out the answer is no. Despite the passage of Colorado's Amendment 64 and Washington state's Initiative 502, both legalizing recreational marijuana use to those states' citizens, the NFL still insists that marijuana remains banned to all players under the league's substance abuse policies.
The USA Today went and asked the NFL about this Wednesday, and the league insisted that NFL players still can't smoke marijuana, even if they're in Washington or Colorado. "Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program," league spokesman Greg Aiello told the newspaper. They also report that the NBA is maintaining their ban on the now sometimes-legal weed -- as if an NBA player would ever smoke marijuana!
ESPN analyst and former player Lomas Brown estimated earlier this year that at least half of NFL players smoke marijuana.
But Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos players are not being afforded marijuana smoking privileges with respect to the new state amendments. Some players might still be able to benefit in related ways. As the blog Kissing Suzy Kolber shrewdly points out, Peyton Manning just bought 21 pizza delivery restaurants in Colorado at a very opportune moment. Legal marijuana will surely increase the munchies in the Centennial State.
Even as marijuana remains on the NFL's banned substance list, decriminalized marijuana smoking in Washington and Colorado could alter the NFL landscape in other conceivable ways. For instance, do not be surprised if you see Ricky Williams un-retire again to play for the Seahawks or Broncos.