Stoner Bowl. TCH-Hawks. Light your Super Bowl.
It’s a funny coincidence that both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are from states that have legalized marijuana. And this match has inspired many marijuana Super Bowl puns, making NFL’s pot ban a trending topic on several media sites. Currently, the NFL has banned its players from marijuana-use, even for medicinal purposes. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell comments “I’m not a medical expert. We will obviously follow signs. We will follow medicine and if they determine this could be a proper usage in any context, we will consider that,” Goodell said. “Our medical experts are not saying that right now.” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also agrees that the NFL should look into medical marijuana to provide the best possible treatment for their players. He stated that “Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this.”
Pot activists complain that the ban is one of NFL’s biggest hypocrisies. Activist billboards near the stadium read “Marijuana is less harmful to our bodies than alcohol. Why does the league punish us for making the safer choice?” in Bronco and Seahawks colors. Others show a photo of an intoxicated man lying down next to an injured football player. It reads “Marijuana: Safer than alcohol…and football.”
This season, two players from the Seahawks have served drug suspensions (Brandon Bowner and Walter Thurmond). It will likely be difficult to legalize marijuana because of state policies that would not allow it to be transported across state lines. Still, the MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) plans on submitting a petition with over 12,000 signatures to urge the NFL to change its marijuana policy.
1. Should the NFL allow their players to use marijuana?
2. What kind of message does the ban send?