Marijuana legalization in Colorado, Washington won't change NFL's stance

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

When the states of Colorado and Washington voted on Tuesday to legalize marijuana, the first thought for many of us who cover sports involved whether this would disrupt the way that the NFL (and other leagues, as well as the NCAA) handles players who use marijuana and resulting punishments.

It won't. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed to Lindsay Jones of USA Today that weed "remains prohibited" under the league's substance-abuse program.

"The NFL's policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades," Aiello said. "Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program."

You see, because if you're a professional athlete in the state of Colorado, you might be inclined to believe that Amendment 64 -- which allows for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and the growing of six plants in your home -- means it's OK to have marijuana on your person and/or partake in the ingestion of said marijuana.

You'd be right on one count and wrong on the second. If you're based in Colorado and you test positive for marijuana, you're still going to be subject to the NFL's substance abuse policy.

"The Colorado and Washington laws will have no impact on the operation of the policy," Aiello said.

Sorry, LenDale White.

There was one big winner around the NFL when it comes to the recent marijuana legalization act, though.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, as you'll probably recall, just invested in 21 Papa John's franchises in and around the Denver area. As usual, he was one step ahead of everyone else -- those franchises are about to see a major uptick in late-night, bizarre pizza orders. Man.

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