In a surprising turn of events, the NFL has offered to work with the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA) to study cannabis and its potential for use in pain management. The league wrote to the player’s union this week indicating that they were interested in studying effectiveness of medicinal cannabis. The NFLPA is currently conducting a similar study, and has not as of this writing responded to the letter. Joe Lockhart VP of communications with the NFL said, “We look forward to working with the Players Association on all issues involving the health and safety of our players.”
According to the Washington Post, the NFLPA also wishes to change the league’s rules regarding recreational use by players. Executive Director of the player’s union DeMaurice Smith said in an interview with the Post that the NFLPA is currently working on a proposal for the NFL to take an as Smith puts it, “less punitive” attitude towards recreational use. “I do think that issues of addressing it more in a treatment and less punitive measure is appropriate,” he said in an interview. “I think it’s important to look at whether there are addiction issues. And I think it’s important to not simply assume recreation is the reason it’s being used.”
People in the know are saying that this may be an indication that the league is considering reversing, or at least softening its stance on their players using cannabis. Currently, all forms of cannabis use are banned in the NFL. This hasn’t stopped current and former players from speaking out in favor of using cannabis in place of addictive prescription pills. We already know some of the owners support allowing their players to use medical cannabis, including the highly influential owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones. Could this lead to the NFL allowing players to use cannabis? Possibly. One can imagine that if an organization as large as the NFL begins recommending that its players be treated with cannabis, it would be vital to removing the stigma of using cannabis once and for all.
Source: Washington Post
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