Marijuana Policy Project put a billboard outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver urging the NFL to let players smoke weed, which the group argues is a safer alternative to alcohol. Colorado passed an amendment to make weed legal. It’s still against the NFL’s drug policy but the group makes an interesting argument:
The league would never punish a player simply for having a beer or cocktail, so why does it levy severe penalties against 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. If anything, they put them in danger by steering them toward using alcohol and away from making the safer choice to use marijuana instead.
In my mind, this is going nowhere. I could never ever see a day where Roger Goodell lessens the penalties on smoking. They will always use the “slippery slope” excuse and it’s a PR nightmare to weaken the rules.