Phoenix Cardinals Give $10K Against Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director September 20, 2010

    My eyes rolled after reading about the NFL franchise Arizona Cardinals donating $10,000 to maintain the prohibition against physicians recommending medical cannabis based on the bizarre and dishonest excuse that they want a ‘Drug-Free Arizona’. Really? Drug-free?!

    Does this mean that this ownership group, which owns other professional sport franchises in Phoenix, is against profiting from the sales of one of the most deadly and addictive ‘drugs’ called beer? I think not…

    Also, one would think that the Arizona Cardinal’s ownership would be greater students of recent history and more respectful of the citizen’s will in Arizona, who’ve already twice passed medical cannabis initiatives in 1996 and 1998 (which the legislature recklessly disregarded and never implemented).

    Phoenix Business Journal

    The Arizona Cardinals are opposing Proposition 203 which could make medical marijuana legal in the state and let chronically ill or severe pain patients buy small amounts of pot from state licensed clinics with a doctor’s approval.

    The Cardinals gave $10,000 to Keep AZ Drug Free today, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

    That group opposes 203 saying it could lead to more illegal drug use.

    Cardinals team President Michael Bidwill is listed by the anti-203 group as one of the main Valley leaders opposed to medical marijuana legalization. USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo also is part of the Keep AZ Drug Free group’s efforts.

    Arizona voters will decide Prop. 203’s fate in November Arizona would be the 15th state to allow for medical marijuana.

    The Cardinals were not able to provide comment on their $10,000 contribution Wednesday evening.

    102 responses to “Phoenix Cardinals Give $10K Against Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative”

    1. victor white says:

      everyone know arizona can go fuck themselves. my pipe ticket for weed is still on file there and always will be. was a class 6 felony but we got it down to a misdemeanor

    2. slickwil says:

      what about all the drugs they pump into their players?

    3. Dr. Green says:

      Don’t they sell beer at their games?

    4. Jeedi says:

      This is why I moved out of Arizona. I think more people should leave and not visit. Also people should avoid doing business with AZ. Send a message cannabis consumers to AZ. Let the state go broke.

    5. Kasado says:

      Did anyone ask the actual players if they supported this donation? Sounds like just another promotional stunt to me.

    6. J says:

      sounds like USA basketball and the Arizona Cardinals are in need of some boycotting.

    7. Mike O'Brien says:

      This is absolutely ludicrous, but with public opinion ever on the sway over this issue, it’s only a matter of time, regardless of who pays what to keep it illegal. In the end, we /will/ win out on this matter.

    8. Michael Thompson says:

      BOO, BOO, BOO to Arizona and the Arizona Cardinals. Dumb, dumber, and dumbest state and the hell with Cardinals. I hope they finish last and never win a game again. I will never go to that state and will recommend that people boycott Arizona products. Boycott the Cardinals games. Disgusting!

    9. Name says:

      Routing against the Cardinals now.

    10. Cat Person says:

      I also was reading that their sheriff Joe Arpio said if the prop passes he is going to organize a posse to crack down on people using marijuana for medical reasons. He is going to put sick people in jail. I hope he doesn’t put them in his “Tent City” without AC in 110+ degree heat. Thats hard on a healthy person. Can you imagine someone who is sick? BTW the Cardinals suck this year.