During last night’s presidential election, voters in the states of Colorado and Washington decided to pass a motion that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults in those states. While the voters and junk food companies will reap the benefits of the new marijuana laws, NFL players in the states shouldn’t celebrate just yet.
Amendment 64 allows adults in Colorado over age 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and allows people to privately grow up to six marijuana plants. The law passed in Washinton is similar.
Members of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks — along with aspiring free agents — may have hoped they could legally toke up and avoid league discipline, but that is not exactly the case.
Marijuana remains an illegal substance under the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Players found with the drug in their system will be subject to discipline.
“The NFL’s policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday morning. “Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program. The Colorado and Washington laws will have no impact on the operation of the policy.”
Sorry to burst the bubble of some NFL players that had gotten their hopes up over the new laws of our country but the substance policy remains in tact. Whether you agree or not, NFL players can not light up without punishment.