NFL Players Seek Medical Marijuana Use

Given the chronic pain associated with football games and practices, two former football players are asking the NFL to review its prohibition of marijuana. The current policy is to suspend any player found with marijuana in their system, regardless of whether or not it is legal in their state. Former players Nate Jackson and Kyle Turley argue that marijuana is a safer alternative to prescription pain-relieving drugs, because it is not habit-forming, unlike those medications.

A 2011 study found that seven out of 10 NFL players abused prescription medications that were provided to them for pain after games. Furthermore, although the ban still exists, many players admit to smoking marijuana after already having passed drug tests. Nate Jackson “guessed that at least half of all active NFL players medicated with cannabis, an estimation corroborated by other former players such as Chris Kluwe.”

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