New billboards have appeared this week in New Jersey towns all around the Super Bowl stadium — in Newark, North Bergen, Hackensack and elsewhere — and Smirk feels safe in surmising the sight of them does not thrill the NFL.
“MARIJUANA: SAFER THAN ALCOHOL … AND FOOTBALL,” declare the 60-foot road signs.
The Marijuana Policy Project is spending more than $5,000 to rent the billboards as part of a move to convince the NFL to decriminalize pot-smoking by its players.
To the MPP, a Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl is the perfect time, with Colorado and Washington the only two U.S. states to have approved recreational marijuana use. It has been legal in Colorado since Jan. 1, and retail stores are set to open soon in Washington. It’s why some are calling Broncos-Seahawks the “Stoner Bowl.”
(Medical marijuana also has been a hot topic this week. New Jersey, hosting the game, legalized medical marijuana in 2010, and commissioner Roger Goodell and Seattle coach Pete Carroll both acknowledged this week it could be beneficial to former players with health issues.)
Meanwhile, there were reports Wednesday that as many as 18,000 tickets to the Super Bowl still were available. Cannot confirm speculation that’s because Broncos and Seahawks fans have been smoking so much legal weed they forgot about the game. Attempts to reach Goodell about all of this were unsuccessful.
“No,” an NFL spokesman told Smirk on Wednesday. “No I will not ask for an official statement from the commissioner on your proposal to change the name of this week’s game from the Super Bowl to Super Bong.”Jersey Boys Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues