|Denver marijuana legalization advocates want Ricky Williams to come to town|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 02 October 2007 16:41|
Williams applied for NFL reinstatement this week, his agent said. Williams has played in only 12 NFL games since the start of the 2004 season, but rushed for 3,225 yards in 2002-03. His current suspension began in April 2006 after he violated the league's drug policy for the fourth time. He tested positive for marijuana this April, again delaying his return.
Williams remains under contract with Miami, where he won the NFL rushing title in 2002. But new coach Cam Cameron has not indicated whether he wants Williams to stay with the Dolphins, who fell to 0-4 Sunday.
The billboard, across the street from Invesco Field, where the Broncos play, will be unveiled Wednesday and will stay up for a month. At a cost of $3,000, it features a player with dreadlocks in a blue and orange jersey and reads, ``Ricky, come to Denver... Where the people support your SAFER choice.''
In 2005, Denver residents passed an initiative removing all penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults. The campaign was run on the message that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. Police have continued prosecuting people under state law, however. Federal law also prohibits possession.
``The National Football League's marijuana policy is just as irrational as our federal government's marijuana policy,'' said Mason Tvert of the group Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation. ``In both cases, authorities are steering adults toward using alcohol and punishing them for making the safer choice to use marijuana instead.
``If (commissioner) Roger Goodell and every NFL player over 21 can go home after a game and have a drink, there is no reason why Ricky Williams should not be allowed to go home and use a less harmful drug.''
The initiative Denver voters approved two years ago allows adults to carry up to an ounce of marijuana. No other state allows pot possession for anything other than medical use.
``Ricky Williams would feel right at home here,'' Tvert said.