Two Green Bay Packers Players Will Likely Miss Quarter of 2017 Season

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As the Mighty Thirteen-Time World Champion Green Bay Packers prepare for their Divisional Round playoff game against some team in Arlington, news has broken that one of their (currently injured) stars in the secondary, Sam Shields, was busted for marijuana last year:

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields has been charged with possession of marijuana, several months after a Brown County narcotics investigator searched his home in Ashwaubenon.

There are two counts filed against Shields-Possession of THC and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Each charge is a misdemeanor. The counts were filed Jan. 12, 2017.

Earlier this week, we learned that the Packers’ rookie wide receiver Geronimo Allison was busted for marijuana as well:

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana last month after a traffic stop and subsequent arrest in early September.

The district attorney’s office for Manitowoc County filed the charge on Dec. 15, 2016.

We here at Weed News are huge supporters of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, former and current players who advocate for the NFL and other sports leagues to stop penalizing their players for their use of marijuana. It’s ridiculous that the NFL prevents their players from using marijuana, when we know and they know its value in mitigating damage from head trauma and as a non-opiate painkiller.

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Green Bay is in Wisconsin, of course, and that state does not have a medical marijuana law.  But even if Shields and Allison were playing on one of the 23 NFL teams located in a state with a medical marijuana law and they followed that law to obtain a physician’s recommendation for marijuana use, the NFL would still punish them with the mandatory four game suspension for a first violation of the league’s drug policy that they are likely to face.

The NFL won’t act until the charges are heard and a conviction, if any, is handed down. That means Shields, currently on injured reserve, but one of the teams defensive stars, and Allison, a rookie wide-out who’s emerged lately as an offensive threat, could still play in the playoffs, but will likely miss the first four games of the 2017 season and the paychecks that go with them.

Shields and Allison should not be punished by the NFL. They shouldn’t be punished by the state of Wisconsin, either, but we understand that prohibition still reigns there. We just wish these Packers didn’t make it so easy for the authorities to bust them for weed.

First, Allison decided, it seems, to go speeding down the interstate while he had weed in the car:

Allison, 22, was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 43 near Francis Creek at 1:19 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2016, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Journal Sentinel. His Dodge rental car was clocked at 81 mph on a stretch of highway with a posted speed limit of 70 mph.

The complaint states trooper Bryan Ashenbrenner of the Wisconsin State Patrol smelled marijuana emanating from the car. Allison, who identified himself as a member of the Packers, denied smoking marijuana or having an illegal substance in the vehicle. He said the odor was left over from the night before when he was “with some guys that were smoking marijuana,” according to the narrative report.

But Ashenbrenner’s search of the vehicle produced three Backwoods cigars on the front passenger seat, and two of them were filled with a “green leafy material” that tested positive for THC.

Son, if you’ve got blunts in the car, you put them in the glove compartment and obey the speed limit – it’s called Steinborn’s Rule: only break one law at a time. And the proper answer to a cop who claims he smells weed in the car is, “Officer, am I under arrest or am I free to go now?”, not any other answer, and especially not one that tells the him you hang out with potheads.

But at least Allison only had the blunts in plain view of the police and (the report is unclear) didn’t volunteer for a search, unlike Shields, who couldn’t have made his bust any easier for the cops:

A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News says Brown County Drug Task Force investigators went to Shields’ home on Oct. 19, 2016, “on suspicions of drug-related activity associated with that residence based on parcel sent through the U.S. Mail.”

The complaint goes on to say Shields opened the door holding a cell phone and a “blunt.”

Shields allowed the investigators to search his home, and admitted to having marijuana in the home, according to the complaint.

The criminal complaint states Shields showed them a cupboard containing “several jars of green plant material that was consistent in appearance with marijuana.”

A narcotics investigator said he also found a priority mail box that was mailed from Parker, Colorado.

Folks, that’s an interstate trafficking felony and use of the postal service in commission of a felony, if proven in court. Shields might miss more than just a few games; he might miss his freedom.

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