Marijuana Movement Seizes Super Bowl SpotlightPosted: January 29, 2014 | |
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Fans of the Seattle Seahawks, and team running back Marshawn Lynch in particular, may very well set out a bowl of Skittles for their Super Bowl parties this Sunday. Lynch’s love of Skittles has gotten extra attention in recent weeks as his team advanced through the playoffs, and after giving the brand millions in free publicity, Skittles officially partnered with Lynch in an endorsement deal featuring a limited-edition “Seattle Mix” strain of the candies with only the team colors, blue and green.
Others may pay homage to Lynch in a very different way: by smoking a strain of marijuana named in his honor. As the Seattle Times reported, the strain in question was grown with the idea that it would be called “Girl Scout Cookie.” After sampling the freshly cultivated crop, however, growers—who run the Queen Anne Cannabis Club in Seattle—realized the cute name didn’t fit at all. After starting slow, the effects of smoking it kicked into a higher gear and came on exceptionally strong. “It hit me like Beast Mode,” one of the growers said. He was referring to the nickname of Marshawn Lynch, one of the league’s most powerful, fearsome running backs, and he unintentionally gave the strain a new name that would stick.
The idea of naming pot after an NFL player may seem odd—the league bans players from using marijuana, even in states where it’s legal—but if ever there was a time it might be appropriate, it would be this year’s Super Bowl. As many have noted, the two teams playing in this weekend’s game are both from states where voters have approved sales of pot for purely recreational purposes, hence countless references to the “Stoner Bowl” or “Bud Bowl.”
In addition to Lynch-themed “Beast Mode” pot, the Queen Anne Cannabis Club has been selling (or rather, requesting specific donation rates because selling pot there technically remains illegal) tons of marijuana-laced cupcakes featuring the Seahawks blue-and-green colors. In Colorado, meanwhile, according to Reuters, pot shops are offering blue-and-orange Denver Broncos-themed bongs and strains of marijuana with Broncos-related names such as “Orange Crush.” Last fall, a Denver pot seller introduced strains of pot named after Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning along with his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, but after being threatened with legal action, it appears as if there’s no more Manning weed for sale…
- Pot Advocates Rooting for Denver-Seattle ‘Super Oobie Doobie Bowl’ (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- Marshawn Lynch will finally ‘Taste The Rainbow’ with Skittles endorsement deal (dailycaller.com)
- For pot entrepreneurs, it’s a ‘Stoner Bowl’ matchup made on high – Reuters (reuters.com)
- In Pictures: Pot-laced cupcakes sell like hotcakes ahead of ‘Super Bowl’ (theglobeandmail.com)
- ‘Stoner Bowl’ Matchup Is Pot Entrepreneurs’ Dream Come True (greaterdenver.co)
- Seattle Pot Grower Names Powerful Marijuana Strain, “Beast Mode,” After Marshawn Lynch (thebiglead.com)
- ‘Stoner Bowl’ Matchup Is Pot Entrepreneurs’ Dream Come True (huffingtonpost.com)
- Marshawn Lynch Gets His Skittles Endorsement And His Own Weed Strain (kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com)
- Drudge: “Pot Bowl.” (althouse.blogspot.com)
- Report: Marshawn Lynch signs Skittles endorsement deal (tracking.si.com)