A Marijuana Bowl prospect could actually happen for NFL fans this 2014, though a Super Bowl faceoff between winning teams the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks would be necessary. The potential “smoky” showdown is trending in the news today. While the odds may be relatively slim, it is possible for marijuana to be a major part of the NFL’s biggest game of the year if both the Washington and Colorado teams — those that represent its major cities, the Broncos and Seahawks, respectively — where the sale of recreational weed has been legalized make it there. NewsOxy looks into this possibility that would lead to some definite discussion in the sports world through their report this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
The Marijuana Bowl matchup has a possibility to occur, noted Allen St. Pierre — the man who serves as chief director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws — in a recent statement. He said that it both states that have legalized marijuana make it to the Super Bowl, calling them “the two most pro-cannabis-legalization cities in the U.S.,” the game should instead be dubbed “the Super Oobie Doobie Bowl.”
Colorado formally opened up retail weed shops this Jan. 1, 2014, and since then it has been perfectly legal to buy, sell, and use the drug in minor amounts under governmental state law. However, it remains illegal for all NFL players, even Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos players that live in the states of Washington or Colorado, to smoke pot or take part in the potential Marijuana Bowl. The reason for this, of course, is because the drug is banned under the National Football League’s overarching bargaining agreement that players not use drugs.
According to the press release:
“Lobbyists are pushing the NFL to stop punishing players who fail drug tests for smoking pot, saying the drug could help them deal with concussions and other injuries. And they want to call attention to the league’s cozy relationship with the alcohol industry: Anheuser-Busch, for example, pitches its Bud Light as the “proud sponsor of the NFL” and once aired ads showing Budweiser and Bud Light beer bottles competing in a halftime “Bud Bowl” football game.”
“Hopefully there will be a break in the beer commercials for some discussion about marijuana laws,” said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the necessary pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project in Denver.
The same organization (that would no doubt be behind a Marijuana Bowl) raised the money to put a massive billboard late last 2013 near the Denver’s Sports Authority Stadium, pushing the NFL to “stop driving your players to drink” and essentially to smoke instead, noting that pot was a less dangerous alternative.