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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Colbert on pot taxes

Stephen Colbert had this amusing little segment about marijuana taxes recently:

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Though Colbert is hilarious as always, those wanting serious coverage of pot taxes should be sure to follow Pat Oglesby's always fantastic work at

March 18, 2014 in Taxation information and issues , Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 7, 2014

New Colorado marijuana driving PSAs

Colorado's Department of Transportation has released three new public service announcement ads on marijuana and driving.  The ads aim to remind people that while using marijuana is now legal in the state, driving while high is still a crime.  I think they're pretty effective, using humor to grab people's attention.  (Of course, driving while impaired is no laughing matter, but the use of humor here seems like a good way of breaking through the clutter with these ads.)  

Here's my favorite of the three:


March 7, 2014 in Recreational Marijuana State Laws and Reforms, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 24, 2014

NFL Commissioner asked again about marijuana

Following this week's excellent HBO Real Sport's piece on the use of medical marijuana by NFL players (if you haven't seen it and have access to HBO On Demand, I definitely recommend it), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked again about the league's marijuana policy.  

ProFootballTalk provides the details:

At a press conference to announce the first winners of the “Head Health Challenge” aimed at finding innovative techniques for treating and/or preventing brain injuries, Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that, if marijuana can be proven to help players recover from concussions, the league could change its position.

“I’m not a medical expert.  We will obviously follow signs.  We will follow medicine and if they determine this could be a proper usage in any context, we will consider that,” Goodell said, via USA Today.  “Our medical experts are not saying that right now.”

In a recent interview with HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, NFL senior V.P. of labor law and policy Adolpho Birch told Andrea Kremer that the league would look at anything that could help its players.  An Isreali doctor has found via research on mice that marijuana can help in the recovery from traumatic brain injuries.

Many players already believe that marijuana helps manage pain, and they smoke it even though the league says they can’t.  For players not already in the substance-abuse program, there’s no chance of testing positive after the annual test to which every player is subjected during the offseason, in a window that opens (coincidentally) on 4/20.

If the federal government ever changes its position regarding marijuana, the NFL may have no choice but to revise its position.  The policy as written prohibits the “illegal use” of marijuana; if it’s ever fully legal in jurisdictions like Washington and Colorado, the league won’t have any way to take action against players who live or work there.

January 24, 2014 in Current Affairs, Medical Marijuana Commentary and Debate, Sports, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)