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New York: The Commish doesn’t smoke weed

Published: January 31, 2014, 12:44 pm, by Paul Klee


Just recorded this video from Roger Goodell’s “State of the NFL” address at the Lincoln Center (above). Here’s the breaking news: The Commish doesn’t smoke weed.

“I’m happy to say I’m clean,” Goodell said.

Unfortunately for the Broncos and Seahawks who do burn one down, they will continue to do so in violation of the NFL’s drug policy. Goodell laid it out pretty clearly: the NFL has no plans to adjust its stance on marijuana.

“It is questionable in respect to the positive impact,” said Goodell, who added he, too, is subject to random drug testing. “But there is certainly some strong evidence to the negative impact, including addiction and other issues.”

This issue, of course, is shoved into the spotlight with Colorado and Washington repping the AFC and NFC here at the Super Bowl. What I’ve found somewhat funny is how often our new weed laws are brought up on the street. If I had a buck and a Metro card for every time I’ve been asked — by non-Colorado residents — about the recreational marijuana laws in Colorado, I would sell my car and move to Manhattan.

“Our experts right now are not indicating that we should change our policy in any way,” Goodell said. “We are not actively considering that at this time.”

I don’t agree with the NFL’s stance on marijuana. Not an expert by any means, but it seems to me the pot-smoking players are simply penalizing themselves. The health benefits are another matter; we won’t get into that today, since I need to type a column. But in the NFL, the message remains the same: Just say no.

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