No, NFL players can't smoke marijuana in Washington or Colorado

Can NFL players in Washington and Colorado smoke weed now? No, they cannot.

11/7/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - No, NFL players can't smoke marijuana in Washington or ColoradoAs the states of Colorado and Washington have now voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, the USA Today asks the question on the minds of many Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos: Does this mean NFL players in those states can now smoke weed? Or if any NFL players test positive for marijuana, can't they just say they smoked it in a state wherein smoking it was legal?

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!

Blog Photo - No, NFL players can't smoke marijuana in Washington or ColoradoESPN 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.
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11/7/12   |   Jess   |   34438 respect

Oh and as for Ricky Williams...we don't need him. We're pretty happy with Beastmode and the Turbinator. 

11/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

I have to confess I was pondering all this while driving to work today.  Of course NASCAR doesn't race in either Washington or Colorado, but then I progressed to NHL and NFL.  Just another reason why I would love to see the banned substances lists....

11/7/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

LenDale White is stoked about it: https://twitter.com/THEREAL_LENDALE/status/266032902842769408

11/7/12   |   Jess   |   34438 respect

janet011685 wrote:
It is still illegal on a federal level, but it's not really enforced when the state OKs it, apparently.  That's what I heard recently, at least.

ahh well then that makes sense. I know that they were saying on the news today that there are still some specific issues to work out, so people shouldn't expect to see it being sold publicly any time soon. Not that that will stop anybody. We were leaving the game in Seattle on Sunday afternoon and there were at least three people walking around us that were smoking...one had a pipe and two had ciga-weed. Insanity.

11/7/12   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

Jess wrote:
It's still escaping me why even residents of Colorado and Washington are so excited about this...Marijuana use is still prohibited on a federal level, isn't it? I haven't read much about this particular measure (even though I'm a Washington resident) because it really doesn't concern me, but I think there are still some hangups here regardless of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

It is still illegal on a federal level, but it's not really enforced when the state OKs it, apparently.  That's what I heard recently, at least.

11/7/12   |   Jess   |   34438 respect

It's still escaping me why even residents of Colorado and Washington are so excited about this...Marijuana use is still prohibited on a federal level, isn't it? I haven't read much about this particular measure (even though I'm a Washington resident) because it really doesn't concern me, but I think there are still some hangups here regardless of the NFL's substance abuse policy.