LOS ANGELES, January 20, 2014 — After the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII, one Washington resident may have put it best by saying, “Good times, high times, the best of times.” Does it get any better for pot smoking football fans in Washington and Colorado?
Laws legalizing marijuana, which were passed in both Washington and Colorado last year, are to be enacted in 2014. On Sunday, the NFL teams from those two states won their respective conference title games and will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Obviously, there is no real correlation between these two happenings. It would be ridiculous to even contemplate such a thought, right? It is merely a coincidence, but for Broncos and Seahawks fans, it is a fun coincidence.
The attitudes towards marijuana seem to be shifting across America. On Sunday, according to FOX News, even President Barack Obama said, “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
Judging by the noise at both stadiums on Sunday, the recreational marijuana did nothing to quiet the hometown fans. If anything, these fans had a little something extra for which to be happy on this Sunday.
The only real drawback, perhaps, would be for those fans traveling to the game. Smokers will not be able to enjoy their normal celebratory puff after the game, as the current laws of New Jersey do not allow for recreational use of the plant.
It is too small of a sample to really know for sure if there is a correlation between legalizing marijuana and making it into the Super Bowl. However, there are more states in 2014 with initiatives on the ballots to legalize recreational marijuana. Only time will tell if more states will catch on and legalize the plant in hopes of helping their teams get into the Super Bowl.
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News and writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseballClick here for reuse options!
Copyright 2014 Communities Digital News
This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.
Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.