New drug policy may come down harder on DUI offenders

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's some good news on the NFL's law and order front.

According to Mike Florio, the next drug policy is expected to include a one-game suspension for first-time DUI offenders. The current policy only includes a fine for first-time offenders, with bans not generally kicking in until after multiple incidents.

The league has always been relatively lax on drunk driving, a point underscored by how heavyhanded it is with marijuana use.

For an example, contrast Leonard Little's eight-game suspension for having drunkenly killed someone to Von Miller's six-game suspension for weed use.

It's an admittedly flawed comparison, as the suspensions were handed down by different commissioners, and Von's ban was partly due to his having tried to mess with his testing.

Our point is to say that drunk driving is a far more serious problem than smoking marijuana, especially as far as public safety and innocent victims go.

So, we welcome this change, and hope it will be accompanied by a relaxing of the rules as they relate to marijuana.

On that note, please be extra careful while driving this holiday weekend, and of course, don't drive drunk!

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