Peyton Manning may not be down with marijuana dispensaries naming strains after him, but the Denver Broncos quarterback is just fine with pot helping the bottom line of the 21 Papa John’s pizza chains he owns in Colorado. In a puff piece Q&A session with Sports Illustrated‘s MMWB, Manning says Colorado’s open marijuana laws without directly referring to them are a big reason his restaurants are raking in $5,00 to $6,000 a day in sales.
“There’s some different laws out here in Colorado,” Manning said. “Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes.”
But when it comes to slapping his name on a Cannabis strain, Manning draws the line. Last year, before an NFL game featuring Manning’s Broncos against his brother Eli’s New York Giants, Colorado medical marijuana dispensary Good Meds produced two strains named after the brothers to celebrate the historic match-up in the first of two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. On labels for bags of Peyton Manning weed, it said the strain was good for pain, anxiety, nausea and headaches, while the Eli Manning strain claimed to help with multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and arthritis.
A hybrid that combined Chem 91 with San Fernando Valley O.G. Kush, the Peyton Manning provided “the best of both worlds, an uplifting, happy, euphoric, thought-provoking Sativa plus the body medicine of the indica,” according to the Peyton label. And it was moderately priced at approximately $280 an ounce.
However, Good Meds was forced to change the names after Manning and his brother caught wind of the strains after being contacted by reporters about it. Through hi slawyers, Peyton threatened legal action against Good Meds, saying that marijuana growers and sellers “don’t have his permission for using his name for commercial purposes.”