NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Both teams in the Super Bowl come from states that recently legalized marijuana. Advocates are capitalizing on that to make their case for doing it in the other 48 states too.
The Marijuana Policy Project paid for five billboards to go up in New Jersey close to the site of the Super Bowl. They all attempt to make the case that the NFL's pot policy is hypocritical in a league where players regularly suffer serious injury.
"Taking a big hit of marijuana poses far less harm to an adult than taking a big hit from a linebacker or a big shot of vodka," MPP spokesman Mason Tvert said. "It's irrational to punish those players who make the choice to use marijuana."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that the league could consider medicinal marijuana as a treatment if science proved it could be beneficial for players who have suffered concussions.
Carroll says regardless of the stigmas involved, the medicinal value should be examined, "because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they're coming to some conclusions."
The billboards are located between the Lincoln Tunnel and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, near the New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza in Newark, on Interstate 80 in Teaneck north of the stadium and in Sayreville near Staten Island.
Tvert says he is optimistic that the NFL will change its policy because the American public has adopted so quickly to legalization.
"The rate at which public attitudes are shifting on this suggests that change is coming sooner rather than later," Tvert said.
OK GLASS, LET'S CATCH A FOOTBALL: Seahawks receiver Golden Tate was big into turning the tables on the assembled media horde and taking Seattle fans where they can't go. On Tuesday for Super Bowl media day, he wore a digital video camera clipped to the brim of his ballcap. He also showed off some technologically advanced eyewear.
"Yeah, huge shout-out to Google Glass for hooking me up with these and my agency taking care of me and reaching out to those guys," Tate said. "They gave me these Google Glass and I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience, which is very rare for an athlete, of being in the Super Bowl. The whole week, the media, everything, even the pictures and the hotel. I think it's a great reward to give back to the 12's that support us all year.
"This is just a small way of saying thank you and giving them what I see."
WHAT'S DANISH FOR WALDO AGAIN?: Super Bowl media day is pretty well known for some of its more attention-getting sideshows. It's not uncommon to see members of the media dressing to get attention. Spanish-language reporters in sprayed-on dresses are almost a fixture.