Super Bowl Winning QB to Appear in Ad Supporting Arizona’s Legalization Initiative

The new TV Ad Featuring Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Jim McMahon is Set to Air During tomorrow’s Bears-Packers Matchup on Thursday Night Football; Watch Now by clicking here.

arizona1During tomorrow’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) will be airing a commercial in support of Proposition 205, their initiative to legalize cannabis which is up for a vote next month. The commercial will feature Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim McMahin, an Arizona resident who began his career with the Bears, ended it with the Packers, and spent a season with the Arizona Cardinals.

The ad begins with McMahon describing his first major injury, which occurred during his second season. “That’s when I started using painkillers, and I was using them daily, pretty much the rest of my career,” he says. “It takes its toll. I was taking too many of those things.”

He then discusses how he “got rid of those” and has “been using marijuana ever since” he retired, moved to Arizona, and enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program.

“Someone like me can afford to become a medical marijuana patient, but others aren’t so lucky,” he points out. “Marijuana should be available to all adults who need it. I’m voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 205 and hope you will, too.”

“We are grateful to Jim McMahon for sharing his story with the voters of Arizona,” says CRMLA Chairman J.P. Holyoak. “Our opponents try to argue that we should not make marijuana legal during the current opioids crisis. But Jim conveys an actual truth: the availability of marijuana can help reduce the use of opioids in our society.

Holyoak continues; “Jim also makes an important point about the cost and availability of medical marijuana.. Prop. 205 will make this therapeutic substance available to many Arizona adults who could benefit from it but have trouble accessing it. This is just one of the many reasons to support ending prohibition and regulating marijuana like alcohol.”

If passed into law next month, Proposition 205 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, for those 21 and older. A regulated system of cannabis retail outlets would also be legalized.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at

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