Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New marijuana laws don't change NFL drug policy

On Tuesday, voters in Colorado and Washington approved the legalization of marijuana, but that doesn't mean that NFL players in those states will be able to burn one before heading to the stadium.

New marijuana laws don't change NFL drug policy

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A caregiver picks out a marijuana bud for a patient at a marijuana dispensary in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
A caregiver picks out a marijuana bud for a patient at a marijuana dispensary in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

The Mile High City is certainly living up to its name.

On Tuesday, voters in Colorado and Washington approved the legalization of marijuana, but that doesn't mean that NFL players in those states will be able to burn one before heading to the stadium.

According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, "The NFL's policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades. Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program."

In Colorado, the law allows for individuals over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes.

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Because the law "will have no impact on the operation of the policy" according to Aiello, players in those states will be able to possess the drug, but not smoke it, as they could face league suspensions and fines.

Paging Ricky Williams...

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