Denver Invites Ricky to Higher Moral Ground


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Pot group wants Williams Rocky Mountain High

By George Merritt
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 10/02/2007 01:13:50 PM MDT

An activist group that successfully campaigned to repeal a pot possession law in Denver wants running back Ricky Williams to sign with the Broncos.

The group, Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, said today that it will lease a billboard across from Invesco Field at Mile High beckoning Williams to Denver “where people support your safer choice.”

Williams, who is currently under suspension from the National Football League for violating the drug policy four times, applied for reinstatement Monday.

Safer spokesman Mason Tvert said the group’s billboard will go up Wednesday. A design released today showed an orange and blue sign with the back of a dreadlocked man in a Bronco’s uniform.

The billboard basically invites Mr. Williams to the Mile High City… “Ricky, come to Denver, where the people support your “SAFER choice” to use marijuana instead of alcohol. (
The former Heisman Trophy and NFL rushing title winner is still under contract with the Miami Dolphins.

This is not the first billboard stunt for Tvert and Safer. Under pressure in 2005, the group replaced a billboard showing a woman with a battered face with a white sign reading “Alcohol use makes domestic violence 8 times more likely. Marijuana use does not…”

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