September 5, 2013
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) will announce their billboard advert within eye-shot of patrons at the Denver Mile High Stadium that admonishes football players to stop drinking alcohol and choose marijuana because it is legal in Colorado and safer.
Mason Tvert, spokesman for the MPP explained: “NFL players are being told that they can go out and get completely drunk, but face no punishment from the league. But if a player gets caught using marijuana, they could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars, forced to sit out games and deemed a troublemaker.”
Tvert added that since marijuana is legal in Colorado, NFL players should not be penalized by the NFL for using the substance.
Corresponding with the advert, the MPP has a petition for supporters to sign, asking NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to “stop punishing NFL players for using marijuana!”
Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington State, a study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDH) finds that marijuana use is up by 7.3% in Americans over 21 since 2012.
Researchers at the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) say that marijuana is the most popular drug of choice across the globe.
Vikram Patel of the Center for Global Mental Health (CGH) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine remarked: “A decriminalized drug policy could potentially transform the public health approach to drug use. The enormous savings in the criminal justice system could be used to fund addiction treatment programs.”
After the announcement that the Department of Justice (DoJ) will not seek prosecution of those states that legalized marijuana, James Cole, deputy attorney general for the DoJ explained that his department is “committed to using its limited investigative and prosecutorial resources to address the most significant threats in the most effective, consistent and rational way.”
According to the Pew Research Center (PRC), 3 out of 4 Americans assert “that efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth. And 60% said that the federal government should not enforce federal laws prohibiting the use of marijuana in states where it is legal.”
In 2012, a study was published that stated THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, assists the human body in emotional processing and can be “an essential aspect of appropriate social interactions and interpersonal relationships.”
Researchers noted that in their controlled experiment, THC was observed as lowering brain activity in respect to negative stimuli. This unresponsiveness to negative stimuli could prove effective in treating depression; as well as having a beneficial role in emotions and mood.
According to the study: “These findings add to existing evidence that implicate the endocannabinoid system in modulation of emotional reactions, and support a previously suggested role for the endocannabinoid system in abnormal emotional processing associated with various psychiatric disorders.”