Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones donates to anti-weed candidates despite wanting marijuana reform in NFL

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants the NFL to drop its prohibition on marijuana use, according to a report by Mike Florio.

His source claimed Jones made the comments during the NFL owners meeting last week.

“Jones, per a source who heard the comments, wants the league to drop its prohibition on marijuana use. Jones was reminded that the issue falls under the umbrella of collective bargaining, which would require the players to make one or more concessions in exchange for significant changes to the marijuana prohibition.”

Failed marijuana drug tests by his players have been a thorn in Jones’ side. Rolando McClain, DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory have each faced suspension for weed in recent years. The league and the NFLPA have been lightening the penalties on marijuana use over the years, but a complete reversal of the rule? That’d be monumental.

But who are we kidding? Jones isn’t suddenly some champion of the cheef at large.  At best, he couldn’t care less about legalization as long as his players can show up on Sunday. At worst, his recent political donations tell a tale of someone who believes in severe punishment for weed users.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has a scorecard for politicians that helps grades their stance on marijuana reform, with “A” being most supportive and “F” being a “hard on drugs” leader. Over the last two years, Jones has donated to some of marijuana’s harshest critics.

CATEGORY CONTRIBUTOR OCCUPATION DATE AMOUNT RECIPIENT
Money to Candidates JONES, JERRAL W DALLAS COWBOYS 7/27/2016 $2,700.00 Portman, Rob (R)
IRVING, TX 75063
Money to Candidates JONES, JERRAL W MR SR DALLAS COWBOYS FOOTBALL CLUB 1/29/2016 $2,700.00 Barton, Joe (R)
IRVING, TX 75063
Money to Candidates JONES, JERRAL JR DALLAS COWBOYS 1/29/2016 $2,700.00 Barton, Joe (R)
IRVING, TX 75063
Money to SuperPAC/Outside Group JONES, JERRAL W BLUE STAR LAND, LP 1/26/2016 $200,000.00 America Leads
IRVING, TX 75063
Money to Candidates JONES, JERRAL W THE DALLAS COWBOYS 12/18/2015 $2,700.00 Sessions, Pete (R)
ARLINGTON, TX 76006
Money to Candidates JONES, JERRAL W THE DALLAS COWBOYS 12/18/2015 $2,700.00 Sessions, Pete (R)
ARLINGTON, TX 76006

NORML gives Rob Portman an “F” rating.

Joe Barton? A “D.”

Pete Sessions? F.

Oh, and that $200,000 his realty firm Blue Star Land donated to the America Leads Super PAC? Well that PAC is run by Chris Christie’s guys to help prop up Chris Christie. The New Jersey Governor is so against marijuana reform, he calls would-be tax money from legalization “blood money.”

“There is nothing we spend in government that is important enough to allow me to willfully poison our children. That’s blood money,” Christie said on a radio program last year. “You’re damn right I am the only impediment. I’m going remain to be the only impediment until January 18, 2018,” his last day in office.

Knowing this, we can reason Jones’ motivation behind the comments were purely business, stated for the betterment of his on-field product. And of course, a ton of really great headlines.

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