Super Bowl XLVIII: More national exposure on marijuana legalization
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Super Bowl XLVIII: More national exposure on marijuana legalization

Washington : DC : USA | Jan 20, 2014 at 8:02 AM PST
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Denver and Seattle are celebrating their “joint” conference wins, leaving America wondering if these two cities are celebrating a bit differently than the rest of the country.

It just so happens that these two teams are based in the only two states in the nation with legalized marijuana for recreational use. As memes “hit” walls throughout social networks, visions of an entirely different Super “Bowl” impact users.

The NFL has taken the same stand that many employers have taken when it comes to marijuana use: Even with a doctor's recommendation, marijuana use will not be tolerated.

Federal law prohibits the sale and use of marijuana, however Colorado and Washington have both passed laws that legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Eighteen other states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana, and six more states currently have legislation pending.

As more and more states are passing legalization of medical marijuana, Americans are anticipating that support will also continue to “bud” for marijuana legalization for recreational use as well. Many observers feel the NFL may be open to changing the anti-marijuana stand and it is “high” time they do.

Opinion

So, this begs the question: Is this coincidence or an indicator of something much bigger?

I believe it has to be a coincidence, but it is most definitely bringing more national attention to the marijuana legalization issue. I do not use marijuana, and quite honestly, I don’t think I ever would. But I have witnessed its medicinal benefits for cancer patients, and I support legalization. I have read a lot about its use for other medical reasons as well. We should never close our minds to allowing sick people access to any medication that will help with their treatment.

Taking this a step further, I also support legalization for recreational use. Alcohol is legal and it creates aggression, which leads to fights and violence. Marijuana does not create aggression. After all, if you were to ask police how many fights they have broken up at a pot party, their answer would be zero.

Employers are currently sticking to the federal ban on marijuana use, and this leaves citizens of states with legalized marijuana use struggling. Their state has made it legal, but their employer will not tolerate use. I hope to see a federal law passed that will leave this decision in the hands of each state.

References:

NFL could indeed change its mind about marijuana, in time

Six States with Pending Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana

20 Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC

State Marijuana Laws Map

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Amee Ellsworth is based in Bennett, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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