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Colorado and Washington NORML: Cannabis Gets a “Super-Bowl” to Highlight Marijuana Law Reforms!

  • by NORML January 24, 2014

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Colorado and Washington NORML: Cannabis Gets a "Super-Bowl" to Highlight Marijuana Law Reforms!

    Bud Bowl. Weed Bowl. Fill a Bowl. Stoner Bowl. Super Stupor Bowl. Whatever you call it, the teams from Denver and Seattle are in it to win it! And so are cannabis consumers! The annual Super Bowl is always a great time for a few friendly wagers, and cannabis consumers are no exception. Happy to uphold this proud tradition, Colorado NORML and Washington NORML have made a little side bet on this historic game:

    If the Denver Broncos win, WA NORML has agreed to dress in Bronco colors of blue and orange and sing Karaoke-style Colorado’s (second) official state song "Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver. If the Seattle Seahawks win, CO NORML will do the same, but in Seahawk blue and green and singing "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, a native son of Seattle.

    A video of the performance must be posted on the respective state chapter’s web site, Facebook page and on YouTube for a minimum of one week, with an acknowledgment that the winning team’s state is simply awesome.

    The unfortunate irony is that, despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado, the NFL continues to ban its use among players, although it is not a performance enhancing drug. Both teams have each lost key players this season to marijuana-related suspensions. The Denver Broncos Von Miller, 2011 NFL defensive rookie of the year, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, and Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner have all received suspensions for failing drug tests.

    The NFL would be wise to be more open to marijuana use among players. Its value as a safer treatment than opiates for pain resulting from the brutality of the game, must be acknowledged. With concerns over repeat concussions and the resulting traumatic brain injury to players like Junior Seau, the league should be particularly interested in marijuana’s potential to prevent long-term damage associated with brain injuries. Some NFL players might use cannabis for its medicinal benefits, but others may choose it to unwind as an alternative to alcohol, just as others might drink a beer or a martini. However, cannabis use doesn’t have the same risks associated with mixing prescription drugs, particularly painkillers, and alcohol.

    So while we celebrate this historic Super Doobie Bowl, cheering on our respective teams, and laughing about the irony of it all, let’s not forget those players on and off the field whose employers will not allow them to consume a legal substance that has never had an associated death in all of recorded history.

    Let the schwag talking begin!

    Media Contacts:

    Colorado NORML

    Washington NORML

    • Kevin Oliver, Executive Director, kevin@wanorml.org, 206-641-0935
    • Rick Steves (PBS Travel Guide) and Advisory Board Member, 206-641-0935
    • Alison Holcomb (I-502 Author) and Advisory Board Member, 206-641-0935

    42 Responses to “Colorado and Washington NORML: Cannabis Gets a “Super-Bowl” to Highlight Marijuana Law Reforms!”

    1. Anonymous says:

      Congratulations NORML! Looks like we got our super-bud-bowl commercial after all!

    2. Zeed says:

      The whole marijuana debate is as ridiculous as the gay marriage, or inter-racial marriage, or homosexuals, or religious, or thrill seekers, or cigarette smokers/alcohol drinker debates. They all are an example of one group of people judging and looking down upon, and acting holier than thou, towards other groups of people, who are simply living a certain lifestyle that they agree with. Whether those lifestyles are “choices” (like pot smoking, christianity, alcohol/cigarettes and thrill seeking) or are “something you are born with/as” (like homosexuality, or the capacity to love someone of a different race), is irrelevant, they are all legitimate lifestyles. No one should have the right to tell other people that one lifestyle is okay and righteous, while at the same time saying that another lifestyle is illegal and wrong. In a world of adults, we should be smart enough to realize, that no lifestyles are “wrong” universally, because people live them. If they were worng/bad for everyone universally, then free market 101 says, that people will naturally gravitate away from taking part in them. So as an adult, one should simply say, “This is wrong for me, but maybe not for you”. Instead of, “This is wrong for everyone and I’m going to ban it”. If we lived that way, and also took the attitude of “I may not agree with what you say think or do, but I’ll fight till the death for your freedom and right, to say think or do those things!” The world would be a better place, and we might actually achieve peace and tranquillity in our lifetime.

    3. Stanleyj says:

      Bud Bowl sounds too much like Budweiser Bowl, Weed bowl…emmm, maybe. Stoner Bowl…dumb.
      Cannabowl……i like. I just they don’t start eating each other. :0

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      “With concerns over repeat concussions and the resulting traumatic brain injury to players like Junior Seau, the league should be particularly interested in marijuana’s potential to prevent long-term damage associated with brain injuries.”

      — Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    5. mexweed says:

      Not so ironic follow-the-money tip: check out what percent of the advertising revenue from the thing flows from promoting BEER. Legal herb will cut beer sales in half worldwide within 18 months.

      And probably kill off “spectator sports” too. For anyone who truly (treely)understands cannabis, the nutrient supplement (not drug), that dopy idea of sitting and watching other guys play ball is the last thing to consider doing after a toke, I don’t even patronize sports radio any more– keep your eyes on your hands and your ears on the Brahms.

    6. John Doe says:

      The commissioner of the NFL – Roger Goodell – recently said he will re-evaluate the weed issue in the NFL and whether or not it has medical benefits.

    7. kevin says:

      (Tokers Bowl)sounds better.stoners bowl sounds too derogatory.

    8. Ray Walker Jr. says:

      Not much of a fan of sports these days but I wouldn’t miss this game for anything. With the players of both teams, and fans united on this issue I just know something good will happen and I certainly don’t want to miss it. The spirit of this game regardless of its outcome will be something historical.

    9. Julian says:

      What a great way to celebrate the legalization movement, treat the serious issue of traumatic brain injury and suspension of players all rolled into one joint!
      Peyton Manning is going to smoke this bowl.
      I hear a half-time half-baked report sparking up…

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