Just prior to the kick-off of the 2013 NFL season, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) erected a billboard located outside the home of the Denver Bronco’s, the Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.
The billboard is designed to advise NFL players to “stop driving players to drink", while also noting that Colorado has legalized the use of recreational marijuana.
According to their website, the Mission Statement of the Marijuana Policy Project is (as approved by the MPP board on December 1, 2008):
- Increase public support for non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies
- Identify and activate supporters of non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies
- Change state laws to reduce or eliminate penalties for the medical and non-medical use of marijuana
- Gain influence in Congress
The MPP also has a Vision Statement, as follows:
“MPP and MPP Foundation envision a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm”.
Earlier this year, MPP sponsored a pro-cannabis advertisement at NASCAR which was pulled from the Brickyard 400 (click here this link for more information).
Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, says the group has also launched a Change.org petition to try and convince NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to update the league’s policy.
"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," Tvert said in a statement.
"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."
To access the Change.org petition, click this link.
This type of recognition and sponsorship of legal marijuana is growing throughout the country and continues to prove that the movement to legalize cannabis is not dying out and will need to be addressed, sooner rather than later.
Legalize Utah is a grassroots organization dedicated to the legalization of medicinal cannabis throughout Utah and also supports the legalization of industrial hemp as well as recreational marijuana.