Super Bowl Attracts a Marijuana Message
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Super Bowl Attracts a Marijuana Message
Posted by CN Staff on January 30, 2014 at 06:22:39 PT
By James Barron
Source: New York Times
New Jersey probably looks a lot like home to the Denver Broncos. The billboards, anyway. The Marijuana Policy Project, one of the main groups behind the push to legalize marijuana possession in Colorado, posted advertisements on billboards near Mile High Stadium before the first game of the Broncos’ season on Sept. 5.Now the group has spent $5,000 to rent several 60-foot-wide billboards in New Jersey, within easy driving distance of MetLife Stadium, where the Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. Three of the billboards face Interstate 78 near the New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza in Newark, Route 495 leading to the Lincoln Tunnel west of Routes 1 and 9 in North Bergen, and Interstate 80 near the turnpike in Hackensack. The others are on the Garden State Parkway near the Raritan toll plaza north of Sayreville.
The message is directed at the National Football League, just as it was in Denver, and is repeated in a petition the marijuana group plans to deliver to the N.F.L. on Wednesday. “Why are players punished for making the safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol?” asked Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the group. “In Colorado and Washington State, this is now a legal product, and the N.F.L. has no legitimate reason to be policing marijuana use by players.”Colorado became the first state to permit the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes when government-licensed shops opened on Jan. 1. Marijuana retailers will open in a few months in Washington State.New Jersey legalized medical marijuana in 2010 when Jon S. Corzine was governor; last year, Gov. Chris Christie set rules that curbed the strength of marijuana that could be distributed and prohibited home deliveries, among other things.And as for professional football, the N.F.L. commissioner, Roger Goodell, indicated last week that the league might reconsider its policy on marijuana for medicinal purposes, if research showed that it was a viable treatment for concussions.There is also a lighter side to the discussion of marijuana and the Super Bowl. There have been many jokes about how Super Bowl XLVIII will be the “stoner bowl” because the Broncos and the Seahawks are from the two states that have moved to legalize marijuana. Bryan Weinman said that was the instigation for the website:“It got hatched over a table of beers before the playoff games,” said Mr. Weinman, who has been a nightclub D.J. in Denver.He added that he and several friends “got to joking about what happens if Denver and Seattle ended up in the S.B., how many endless puns would be made by the average individual.”“We got the easy ones out of the way,” he continued, “and it evolved into somebody saying, ‘What would happen if we put some of this on a T-shirt?' ”And no, he said, they are not marijuana users themselves.A version of this article appears in print on January 29, 2014, on page A18 of the New York edition with the headline: Super Bowl Attracts a Marijuana Message.Source: New York Times (NY)Author:   James BarronPublished: January 29, 2014 - A18Copyright: 2014 The New York Times CompanyContact: letters nytimes.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Oleg the Tumor on January 31, 2014 at 06:52:35 PT:
How can they stand when they shoot off their feet?
New definition of SAM: "Surface to A**hole Missle"It would seem that our adversaries are headed for the "Self-Inflicted Bar Fight"! What fun to watch!I am not a big football fan, but that is one game I can cheer for!
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on January 30, 2014 at 17:19:01 PT
SAM is helping Our movement.
FORBES:Dueling Pot Billboards At The Stoner Bowl: Marijuana Is Safer Vs. Marijuana Will Ruin Your Life"""Update: MPP is adding two new billboards in response to Project SAM’s. One quotes the statement by Project SAM Chairman Patrick Kennedy that I mentioned: “I agree with the president. Alcohol is more dangerous [than marijuana].” Here is the other one: just doesn't have anything! They even put their name "SAM" on the billboard and there's a huge number of people that don't like UNCLE SAM! Associating themselves with the negative connotation of "Uncle Sam" is priceless. Their billboards and their effort jumps right out and help Us so much. I'm thankful for those IGNOIDS!
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on January 30, 2014 at 11:17:58 PT
My enemies are...
Those who would forge fear into power.Those who would injure Eath Mother for greed.Those who would seek wealth at the peril of his neighbors.Anyone who would seek to profit at the demise of my liberty.I tell you the truth: I should be dead by now but I'm not! I will speak the truth until I am!Don't Fear the Reefer! 
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on January 30, 2014 at 11:07:39 PT
My Dear Grandpa, RIP.
My Grandpa, Black Fox, was full blooded Chocktaw. He was a great observer of the white eyes.In reguard to slashing gov. size, I remember what my Grandpa would say about WHITE individuals of great importance: "Their grave yards are full of people they can't do without!"
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on January 30, 2014 at 10:36:56 PT
Fracking the fed!
The people of this country should not need to frack the fed to maintain our rights and freedoms. Metaphorically, however, We are finding ourselves fighting with our government bureaucracy by bureaucracy. We absolutely must fight and campaign to rid ourselves of a bad, rogue or outright destructive government bureaucracy. A government for the people is not an adversarial government. It's solutions are not more harsh than the problem itself.We need to break the fed up and downsize it, downsize the Pentagon [MIC], and demand more honest congressional oversight. Weed out the congressmen who are obviously on the wrong team and become more vigilant, America!PS What if we had half the nation budget we now have and all of the 700 billion we now waste on war machines each year? We could actually become a civilization of the future. A real future. Here we are in the 21ST century still using 19TH centrury technology? Why? Corruption at the highest levels of the fed.Like I said, "Frack 'em"!
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