NFL considers medical marijuana for concussion victims

NFL mulls medical marijuana for guys with concussions, might appoint 'joint' task force

1/24/14 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - NFL considers medical marijuana for concussion victimsLook like this Super Bowl with teams from states with legal marijuana is really going to Roger Goodell's head (shop). In a press conference Thursday addressing head injury and concussion concerns, the NFL commissioner acknowledged that the league would consider taking marijuana off the league's "banned substances" list and allows prescription pot smoking for players with head injuries. 

This got me thinking... medical marijuana could even save the NFL Pro Bowl. Imagine a "Stoners vs Sober Guys" version of the Pro Bowl, with admitted pot smokers on one team and non-smokers on the other. Everyone would watch that game! When you factor in Marshawn Lynch, Josh Gordon, Janoris Jenkis and Tyrann Mathieu, my money would be on the Stoners.

Roger Goodell took the high road Thursday when admitting that the NFL would consider medical marijuana as a prescribed medication for concussion victims. "I'm not a medical expert," Goodell said. "We will obviously follow signs. We will follow medicine and if they determine this could be a proper usage in any context, we will consider that," Goodell said.

He added, "Our medical experts are not saying that right now."

The issue is more front and center with 2 states legalizing marijuana, and 18 more (plus the District of Columbia) allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes. What's tricky for the NFL is that different teams' players have different laws regarding the legality of marijuana use in that state.

Blog Photo - NFL considers medical marijuana for concussion victimsFormer Denver Broncos receiver Nate Jackson makes the case quite compellingly. "I think in the NFL, in particular, players have a legitimate and substantial claim to use medical marijuana," Jackson told the Denver Post. "They live in a great deal of pain on a daily basis, and marijuana helps with that."

"Teams pass out opioid painkillers, which are highly addictive — they are a derivative of the poppy plant — so it is basically heroin, pharmaceutical heroin, which can be physically addicting," Jackson continued. "And that can affect a player long after they are done playing. Marijuana doesn't have those types of effects."

If you're on board with this trailblazing reform, do yourself a favor and read the tour de force article The NFL should let its players smoke pot, published this month in the Washington Post. The article is written by Colorado attorney Steve Fox, whose firm Vicente Sederberg specializes in -- what else? -- marijuana laws.
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1/24/14   |   JenX63   |   33178 respect

I was wondering when this would happen.