11/07/2012 02:17 pm ET Updated Nov 08, 2012

NFL, MLB Won't Change Drug Policy After Colorado, Washington Legalize Marijuana

While many athletes either rejoiced or lamented after Barack Obama got reelected as President of the United State of America on Tuesday night, there were a few pieces of legislation had athletes in high spirits.

Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana.

This legislation does mean that professional football and baseball players in Colorado and Washington are free to partake.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports that marijuana remains as a banned substance in the league's substance abuse policy.

"The NFL's policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades," Aiello said. "Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program... The Colorado and Washington laws will have no impact on the operation of the policy."

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Major League Baseball isn't changing its drug policy either.

Colorado's Amendment 64 will allow people over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, per The amendment won with 54 percent of the vote in favor.

Initiative 502 in Washington also legalizes marijuana for people over 21. The law passed with 56 percent of the vote in favor.



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