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February 22 was a seemingly normal, snowless day at Taos Ski Valley outside of Taos, New Mexico. That is, until the U.S. Forest Service showed up and started treating the place like the scene of a major crime in progress.
Instead of focusing on real problems in our national forests like poaching, four armed Forest Service agents wearing flak jackets took a drug dog around the resort parking lot and to cars along the side of the road to bust pot smokers (and people with cracked windshields).

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Hypocrites who take millions in revenue from alcohol sponsors but still prohibit the use of cannabis among their players, which is much safer substance, run the National Football League.
That’s the message pushed by five billboards sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project that have been erected in New Jersey near the site of the Super Bowl set for this Sunday.

Seantrel Henderson.

Seantrel Henderson came to Coral Gables as a recruiting miracle. He leaves with a reputation of wasted potential and a string of unexplained suspensions from the team. Now Henderson has his eyes on the NFL and has admitted to teams that most of his suspensions with the Miami Hurricanes were due to marijuana use.
Henderson was ranked the best and second-best prospect in the class of 2010 by two separate recruiting services. He had originally committed to USC, but after the school was hit by sanctions he jumped ship to Miami. It was an exciting recruiting coup for the ‘Canes, but it didn’t translate to on-the-field success. Miami New Times has the full story.

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As everyone from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to the nation’s memes-makers have noticed, the upcoming Super Bowl features teams — the Broncos and the Seahawks — from the two states that have legalized recreational marijuana sales. So you had to know entrepreneurs would want a piece of the action. We found multiple sites selling either “Stoner Bowl” or “Pot Bowl” T-shirts in a wide variety of designs and styles. Look below to see fifteen of the most memorable, complete with links in case you want to buy one to commemorate the big game.
Denver Westword has the full story.

Dorial Green-Beckham

A week after helping the Missouri Tigers win the Cotton Bowl, sophomore receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested in Springfield after police found a pound of weed in the car.
Green-Beckham and four people in their twenties were pulled over just before 10 p.m. Friday night when a police officer noticed the car’s plates were expired by three months. Riverfront Times has more.


What do the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins and, of course, the Denver Broncos all have in common? They are NFL teams based in states (and a district) where medical marijuana is legal. Currently, NFL policy doesn’t allow players on those teams to use the herb to help their ailments, though.
But could that be changing? When asked about medical pot use for athletes this week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodel told ESPN that he isn’t going to write off cannabis as a therapy but shied away from outright approving of the plant.


Along with Colorado’s new marijuana laws legalizing limited amounts of herb for adults 21 and up came liberalization in the conversation around the state. People aren’t afraid to talk about marijuana in public anymore, largely because it’s not illegal to do so. It’s not uncommon now to hear people talking about strains or growing in any number of settings, including at ski areas.
Those pot conversations apparently bothered Christine Arakelian of New York on her recent trip to Vail so much that she wrote to Vail Resorts and cc’d the Vail Daily newspaper with her petty complaints about things that are now completely legal in Colorado.


In his weekly ESPN The Magazine column this week, NFL commentator Howard Bryant argues that the NFL is in the position to “actually lead, to open a discussion about medicinal marijuana and about the culture of pain maintenance among its players.”
Instead, he says, they’re blowing it like a bad fourth-down, goal-line play with little time left on the clock.

Hidden smoke shack in Colorado.

It is safe to say that two of the most popular past times in Colorado are pot and skiing. But Colorado ski industry leaders say they would rather not see the two industries combine, at least not in terms of marketing.
In fact, they worry that the pro-pot push in Colorado means that families will be teaching their kids to pizza and French-fry in other states where pot remains illegal, taking their much-loved $3 billion in annual tourist dollars with them.


British F-1 racing team McLaren caused a small political rift over the weekend in Austin after Mexican flags altered to include cannabis leaves were flown over the team’s merch stalls at a race in Austin, Texas.
It probably wouldn’t have been so bad had members of the Mexican consulate’s office not seen it and tweeted it out to the interwebz. The consulate said they were highly offended called the mistake “unacceptable”.

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