Stoners get act together, erect pro-marijuana billboard outside Broncos' stadium
Ricky Williams is probably contemplating un-retirement again, just so he can play near that billboard.
The Marijuana Policy Project has erected a pro-marijuana billboard outside Mile High Stadium. "Stop Driving Players to Drink", the billboard reads, "A safer choice is now legal (here)". The billboard includes a link the the Marijuana Policy Project's web site, and a Change.org petition asking the NFL to stop punishing marijuana use among players. The billboard pushes the notion that marijuana is safer than alchohol, a product ubiquitously promoted at NFL stadiums and during broadcasts.
The billboard's placement in Denver, among all NFL cities, is damned clever. For starters, Colorado recently decriminalized marijuana use. The Broncos, for their part, have the ignominious distinction of a rash of DUI arrests over the offseason -- including offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry, director of pro personnel Tom Heckert (pictured left) and director of player personnel Matt Russell.
"NFL players are being told that they can go out and get completely drunk, but face no punishment from the league," Marijuana Policy project director Mason Tvert told USA Today. "But if a player gets caught using marijuana, they could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars, forced to sit out games and deemed a troublemaker."
The organization recently also ran a video billboard outside the NASCAR Brickyard 400.