‘Safer than football’: Pro-marijuana billboards blitz Super Bowl

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Five pro-marijuana billboards have gone up surrounding the Meadowlands, and they are directily aimed at the NFL and its fans.

“Why does the league punish us for making the safer choice?” one of the 60 foot billboards reads, stating marijuana isn’t just safer than alcohol consumption, but in many cases safer than playing football itself.

The billboards are paid for by a Colorado group Marijuana Policy Project which on Wednesday will present a petition to the NFL asking it to reconsider its policy. The petition obtained more than 12,000 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.

The NFL’s commissioner Roger Goodell has said in recent weeks he would be open to considering the medical use of marijuana if the league’s own experts backed it, which thus far does not appear to be the case.

Twenty states have now legalized the medical use of marijuana, including New Jersey, where the Super Bowl will be played Sunday.  New York is not one of the 20 states.

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