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Jan 28, 2014 11:17 AM by David Randall

Pro-pot billboards go up around Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Marijuana activists are capitalizing on the fact that both Super Bowl bound teams are from states that have legalized marijuana. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has purchased 5 billboards in the area around MetLife Stadium, where the Super Bowl is scheduled to be played Sunday.

The billboards highlight what the MPP calls "the hypocrisy of the National Football League's marijuana policy." The NFL's current policy prohibits players from using marijuana, but allows them to consume alcohol.

The billboards attempt to show "the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol and playing professional football," according to Mason Tvert, the communications director for the MPP.

The billboards are located on I-78 near the New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza in Newark; on I-495 leading to the Lincoln Tunnel west of Routes 1 and 9 in North Bergen; on I-80 east off the turnpike in Teaneck; and two are located on the Garden State Parkway near the Raritan toll plaza north of Sayreville.

On Wednesday, the MPP will deliver a petition with 12,000 signatures to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking the league to change its policy.

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