For Sixth Straight Year, Super Bowl Features Team from a Legal Marijuana State

As the National Football League (NFL) continues its hard-line stance on marijuana, which includes punishing players even if they’re using medical marijuana legally under their state’s law, it’s worth noting that this is the sixth straight year where the Super Bowl has featured at least one team from a state where marijuana is legal for all purposes.

This year’s Super Bowl LIII features the New England Patriots playing against the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams are located in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use (Massachusetts and California). This is the sixth consecutive year – dating back to 2014 – where at least one of the Super Bowl teams are located within a legal marijuana state.

Let’s recap:

Last year’s Super Bowl featured the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots.  As just-mentioned the Patriots are from a legal marijuana state. 2017’s Super Bowl also included the Patriots (against the Atlanta Falcons).

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The ‘Cannabis Bowl’ Most Watched Program in American TV History

This year’s Super Bowl was the most watched program in American television history.

Dubbed by many as the ‘Cannabis Bowl’, the game featured the two teams representingfootball states which have legalized recreational cannabis.

The event drew roughly 111.5 million viewers, surpassing the previous record for the most viewed program in American TV history which was set by Super Bowl XLVI in 2012; that game was viewed by roughly 108 million people.

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Cannabis Billboards to Surround Super Bowl XLVIII

The freeways surrounding MetLife Stadium in New Jersey – home of Super Bowl XLVIII – will be surrounded by cannabis billboards before the game, in a move put forth by the Marijuana Policy Project.mppbillboard

“Hopefully it’s going to inspire people to talk to one another about marijuana and particularly its relative harms compared to alcohol and football,” says Mason Tvert, Communications Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “I think a lot of people will be shocked at just how many people are getting in trouble for using a less harmful substance than alcohol… When you’re sitting in a full stadium and you think about the idea of everyone in there being arrested 10 times over, it really gets you thinking about just how many people that is.”

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