January 19, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013
As of 11:59 am EST. there were four teams left to duke it out and have their ticket punched to this years’ Super Bowl. And weed worshippers everywhere couldn’t be happier or um, more stoked and mellow. Why?
Two of the remaining teams hail from the great states of Washington and Colorado. Perhaps, not coincidentally, also the two states that recently legalized pot for recreational use. So, unless the Patriots of Taxachusetts and the 49ers from San Francisco (different legalization controversy my friends) ruin the pot-party, this years’ big events may just slowly morph into one big, mellow Super Doobie Bowl.
And lobbyists for across-the-board legalization of marijuana are working hard (well, those who got up before noon at least) to pressure the NFL to promote pot as aggressively and widely as they now do for other brewed plants like hops and barley.
In fact, if these professional pot promoters have their way NFL would run ads for pot right along with those like Bud Light now does, as in “Proud Sponsors of the NFL.” Only now, new ads would let the world know the NFL has partnered up with pot producers to make Super Bowl XLVIII one to remember. Or, depending, I guess, one to sort of remember but either way not really get too worked up about the outcome.
So, if the Seahawks of Seattle, Washington and the Broncos of Denver, Colorado make it to the “Big Game,” will the NFL give its pot smoking fan base their collective due? Hundreds of millions of more dollars could be at stake for NFL owners. Let’s face it, beer is legal and they have no compunction or hesitation about cozying up with beer drinkers, why not with legalized marijuana users?
Apparently, one of the NFL league officials has intimated that while pot may be legal for recreational use in these states and by the way, partially legal (medicinal purposes) in 20 other states, it IS still illegal under federal law. Though, based on a recent US Department of Justice (DOJ) Memo, the Obama Administration has no current plans to pursue prosecution against anyone who fires up a doobie or two in those states legally. I mean, if you were Mr. Obama would you bite the Oreo-cookie stained hand that fed you in two elections? Probably, not.
So, while it looks like a clear playing field for the NFL to throw a marijuana-touchdown it is still unlikely the NFL would throw an official pot-party at this year’s Super Doobie Bowl. Word is that the beer lobbyists are in no mood to play nice with the pot smokers. Competition is after all about winning, both on an off the field. And mellow or not, pot producers could grab market share from the beer brewers.
But, heads-up cannabis-cravers, nothing lasts forever and for the first time ever, there are real signs that in a not-too-distant future we all may just hear Chris Berman of ESPN say the following: “Welcome to this year’s Super Doobie Bowl. Sit back, and please drink and inhale responsibly. And here’s the kick-off, sponsored by Washington Marijuana Producers and Colorado Cannabis Growers. Enjoy!”
I wonder what Iron Mike Ditka thinks of this possibility. I hear he has a touch of glaucoma. I bet you know what could help that ailment.
Go Broncos. Go Seahawks. Super Doobie Bowl XLVIII. It could just happen.