Marijuana Law Changes Won’t Put NFL Drug Policies Up in Smoke

By Eric Scheiner | November 8, 2012 | 12:53 PM EST

( The only time the Denver Broncos will be mile high with National Football League approval is when they host a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

John Elway, right, talks with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


The legalization of recreational marijuana use in the states of Washington and Colorado doesn’t mean players will be able to partake of the substance and still be allowed to play in an NFL game.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports, "Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program.''

Washington’s measure 502 and a similar proposal passed in Colorado allows individuals 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana.

Both measures call for the states to generate regulatory and taxing power over its sale. The move received strong support from voters making Colorado and Washington the first states to allow marijuana for recreational use.

Eric Scheiner
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