New MPP Billboard at Broncos' Stadium Calls for NFL to Stop Punishing Players for Marijuana

New MPP Billboard at Broncos' Stadium Calls for NFL to Stop Punishing Players for Marijuana

DENVER, CO — A billboard calling on the National Football League to stop punishing players for using marijuana was posted Wednesday in front of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, just one day before the Denver Broncos host the first NFL regular season game of the year.

The 48-foot-wide Broncos-themed billboard highlights the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol and urges the NFL to “stop driving players to drink” with harsh penalties for marijuana use, noting that, “A safer choice is now legal (here).”

Colorado voters approved an initiative in November making marijuana legal for adults, and the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that it will allow the state to move forward with regulating marijuana cultivation and retail sales.

The organization that produced the ad, the Marijuana Policy Project, has also launched a petition directed at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, calling on the NFL to change its marijuana policy. The petition can be found at here.

“For years, the NFL has been punishing players for using marijuana despite the fact that it is far less harmful than alcohol, a substance widely embraced by the league,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “The league would never punish a player simply for having a couple beers, so why does it penalize them for using a substance that is less toxic, less addictive, and less likely to contribute to violence?

“The NFL’s harsh marijuana penalties do nothing to promote the health and safety of the players,” Tvert said. “If anything, they put players in danger by steering them toward using alcohol and away from making the safer choice to use marijuana instead. We hope Commissioner Goodell will explain why the NFL is willing to promote the use of alcohol among its players and fans, but unwilling to recognize that a safer alternative is now legal here.”

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  • Little Ricky

    Pot is Bad… Steroids are Good…. For the NFL’s Wallet.

    Commissioner Goodell also likes guy’s with shriveled Balls..

    • Guest

      Or shooting morphine into a guy’s swollen ankle so they can make one more play.

  • Robert Proctor

    Sure pot is safer than alcohol in the grand scheme, but the NFL, an association of elite athletes, doesn’t tolerate drunkenness. Government prohibition and persecution is one thing. Employer sanctions (of, for example, heavy equipment operators) in a free economy are quite another.

    An NFL player who suffers the penalty (a four-game suspension for repeated THC positives) may need to examine his priorities.
    Mason Tvert and MPP likewise need to survey the real world and pick better battles than trying to lower the standards of the NFL while the world is surveying the new CO pot regs and their effect on youth.

    • Mike

      I think the idea of contractual enforcement of prohibition is even more invidious than government’s legal prohibition. Doesn’t advance things one bit. I can see setting a good example for kids, but signing away one’s rights as a human? One can oppose drunkenness, while still enjoying beer after the game. I don’t think it should be any different with marijuana. The idea that every user of marijuana is debauched is the sort of ideology I expect from prohibitionists, who somehow never see fit to apply that same unfit standard of unfitness to alcohol. The hypocrisy is heightened even more given marijuana is legal in Colorado.

      • Robert Proctor

        You confuse voluntary contracts and collective bargaining with slavery. You believe that government regulation of pot should impose on voluntary associations. And you are wrong that islands of excellence and corporate protection of assets are more “invidious” than general prohibition that seizes productive and peaceful citizens.

        MPP wants to paint the NFL as a victimizing creator of debilitated football drunks who might have chosen pot but for NFL policy. We may hope that someday the NFL raises THC test tolerance. But the players are perfectly able to stand up for themselves to stipulate an increase in THC test tolerance in collective bargaining to the point of shutting down the league with a strike. My point of opposition to drunkenness highlights the NFL’s intolerance of disreputable behavior. Debauchery and prohibition be damned!