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Former Broncos tight end says NFL should lift marijuana ban

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Nate Jackson played in a state where it’s now legal to smoke marijuana.

And he thinks the NFL would be better off if it followed suit.

Granted, Jackson was speaking at the Cannabis Business Executives Breakfast in Denver when he said it, but he was upfront that he smoked during his career rather than rely on painkillers.

It kept my brain clean,” Jackson said, via the Associated Press. “I feel like I exited the game with my mind intact. And I credit that to marijuana in a lot of ways and not getting hooked on these pain pills that are recklessly distributed in the league when a guy gets an injury.”

Jackson played six years in the NFL (2003-08), and said his self-medication was easy to pull off since the league only tested for street drugs once a year. To his view, that makes the league at least willing to look the other way, if not complicit.

“They’re aware that probably over half of their players smoke weed,” Jackson said. “They’ve been doing it since they were teenagers. The fact that they’ve been doing it that whole time and still made it to the NFL and are able to satisfy the demands of very, very strict employers on a daily basis means that their marijuana use is in check.

“Marijuana is not a problem in their lives.”

Jackson said the league’s biggest problem is players “smashing their skulls over and over and over again.”

He said allowing marijuana would be a “compassionate” move by the NFL, to help many former players deal with the pain inherent in being a former NFL player.

As you might imagine, the league isn’t necessarily eager to declare itself pro-weed.

An organization as image-conscious as the NFL isn’t going to start marketing Broncos-logo bongs or Seahawks-brand rolling papers anytime soon (although the revenue possibilities might be the thing that changes their minds). And a league spokesman noted it consulted with its medical experts, who didn’t suggest allowing marijuana as a pain-management option.

But the reality is a large portion of the league is already smoking, and it apparently isn’t hurting the popularity of the game, or the athletic abilities of those using.

“Michael Phelps is the best swimmer that the Earth has ever produced by far,” Jackson said. “And he smokes weed. That should tell us something.”

Totally, dude. Somebody call Peyton. We need a pizza.

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  1. Indybear says: Mar 6, 2015 6:44 AM

    The NFL should not even test for drugs that are not performance enhancing. Combat soldiers are throwing their scripts in the trash and treating their PTSD with weed. THAT should tell us something.

  2. frotoon2 says: Mar 6, 2015 6:47 AM

    People don’t get it. The NFLPA wants a lot of things, such as relaxed rules on marijuana. The NFL wants a lot of things, such as stricter HGH testing, which the NFLPA opposes.

    Everything’s a negotiation. If the players want to suck the bong, they have to give up on something else. Raise your hands, now. Anyone here opposed to HGH testing besides the players’ union?

    So don’t try to make the NFL look like the bad guy when it comes to the rules on smoking pot (which is still a Federal crime, by the way). Get the NFLPA to come to the table.

  3. razwan65 says: Mar 6, 2015 6:47 AM

    Years ago

  4. bullcharger says: Mar 6, 2015 6:53 AM

    It’s still federally illegal and the NFL cannot it self allow something that is still a federally illegal drug.

    It’s pretty cut and dry.

    Also…Even if it is eventually legalized federally, it’s pretty clear that it’s still bad for you. It might not be worse than alcohol, but it’s still a drug that alters your state of mind and over use really can ruin a person’s life.

    Legal or not, the NFL should be discouraging use.

  5. afwhigs says: Mar 6, 2015 6:56 AM

    Regardless of its recreational capabilities, marijuana is a legit pain and nausea medication – if you know anyone who’s gone through cancer treatment you probably already know this to be true.

    I know people who’ve had major back surgeries and marijuana – as Nate Jackson says – allows them to function in their lives without relying on heavy duty narcotics, which is what they are prescribed by their doctors.

    Of course I also know someone who drinks his pain away, so which is more productive or beneficial?

  6. essentialsausage says: Mar 6, 2015 6:59 AM

    The U. S. should lift marijuana ban.

  7. wryly1 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:02 AM

    There is no competitive advantage to be gained from using it, and the medical community says it has legitimate benefits in treating a number of conditions, so the NFL’s ban doesn’t have much substantive merit.

    They used to claim they have a family brand and image to protect, but their pat on the hand response to cases of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and gun violence tell us that’s a bunch of hogwash, too.

  8. mauldawg says: Mar 6, 2015 7:02 AM

    Once again an idiot speaks and the masses will agree.

  9. jimmyt says: Mar 6, 2015 7:03 AM

    “Totally, dude. Somebody call Peyton. We need a pizza.”

    Didn’t really need the old cliché stoner joke. Smoked all of my life and never talked like that or had the “munchies” but great article and Nate is spot on.

  10. pftbro says: Mar 6, 2015 7:04 AM

    Post-game interviews might be most interesting after a few blows…

  11. rayslover727 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:11 AM

    He’s 100 percent right.

  12. denverdave3 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:16 AM

    Oh Goodie. Another Bronco article. Another chance for juvenile minds to rant about the same old tripe: horserace, brady is better, Peyton is a loser in the playoffs, Donkey’s cheat, etc. There, now that we have the mindless insults out of the way, how about this one time, we stick to the topic at hand.

    As for me, I say no victim, no crime, so people who get arrested for possession of pot ought not have their careers destroyed. But there cannot be tolerance for being high on any enhancers during games,

    Better yet, it would be ideal if these guys didn’t get mired down with the distraction of drugs, but that’s a lot to ask of young people these days.

    So the grown-ups, such as Goodell,
    ought to act like grown ups and deal with the modern-day reality that pot is around to stay.

  13. cardsfann1 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:20 AM

    Calling Peyton for pizza is classic!

  14. minerslung says: Mar 6, 2015 7:22 AM

    Like the nfl will suddenly use good judgement in policy…

  15. tommyribs says: Mar 6, 2015 7:25 AM

    He’s not wrong, at least in my opinion.

    It helps people all around the world manage pain.

  16. rdrs68 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:30 AM

    Time for the league to evolve and stop the Reefer Madness.

  17. tonebones says: Mar 6, 2015 7:31 AM

    I’m a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry, and I say keep it illegal. That “miracle drug” they want to legalize will put us all out of business. We don’t like competition, and we spend big bucks to keep it that way.

  18. uncommon1 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:32 AM

    The NFL really needs to stop getting their Medical advice from “Doctors” and “Medical Experts”. Lets hear from more retired players who have been smoking weed since they were #Teens. I’m not opposed to the movement, but Nate Jackson probably isn’t the voice that will win me over.

  19. jayhawk6 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:37 AM

    If he wants to change the thinking of the NFL maybe Mr. Jackson should figure a way to slip LSD into the commish’s morning coffee.

  20. snowdood163 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:41 AM

    Just legalize it already. Everywhere

  21. classyjacklambert says: Mar 6, 2015 7:41 AM

    While this is a ridiculous argument, he is right and it should be legalized and regulated like alcohol.

  22. patc14 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:43 AM

    Just wait for the Republican President in 2016 when he starts enforcing Federal drug laws and shuts down Colorado and Washington pot business.

  23. thelastwordyaheard says: Mar 6, 2015 7:43 AM

    he’s right.. many legal, prescription painkillers are far more dangerous/harmful than a little weed.. time to change the narrative

  24. silk0519 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:46 AM

    But they will gladly make and sell beer cozy’s, helmets for holding and drinking beer, beer mugs, beer glasses, bar tables, tap handles, etc.

  25. dukeearl says: Mar 6, 2015 7:46 AM

    Slight problem, needs to be made legal by the US government and the state governments before they can legalize it in the NFL.

  26. sjoyner59 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:49 AM

    They should lift the ban and that would just be common sense at this point

  27. stanza2015 says: Mar 6, 2015 7:50 AM

    Yea just what America needs more pot heads

  28. ctiggs says: Mar 6, 2015 7:51 AM

    Time to stop this 1920 version way of thinking. The only reason weed is illegal is because there is no negative side effects and the govt and hospitals can not make money off addicts like they can off of cigerettes and alcohol.

  29. patriottony says: Mar 6, 2015 7:53 AM

    Because every person regardless of Race, creed, national origin, sexual identity, religion, and pet ownership status, should have the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to get STONED 24/7, 365. Of course they should, and as stoner today will tell you the pot today is FARRR Stronger than the 60’s, so that the HIGH is more instense. The reason it is called a gateway drug, is that once a user gets acclimated,,,then then move onto cocain, etc etc..to get teh same high. Just like liqour, you build a resistance to it, and use more and more, to get the same BUZZ,,,thats why they call it ,,,,,WAIT FOR IT …….ADDICTIVE!!!!!

  30. abninf says: Mar 6, 2015 7:55 AM

    So he admits he broke the rules along with federal law and supported drug cartels his entire career for his urge to get high. Quite an example for kids to follow.

  31. patriottony says: Mar 6, 2015 7:55 AM

    BTW,,,excuse the poor typing,,I’m using a cellphone while driving 70 on an interstate…but I’m not hurting anybody with my irresponsible behavior…it’s only me.

  32. howiehandles says: Mar 6, 2015 7:56 AM

    I don’t partake, but he’s absolutely correct. Big pharma can give out all the pills they want, even though they kill thousands. But big profits can afford big wrongful death settlements that their meds eventually cause.

    My position on MJ has changed 180 degrees in the past five years, and I’ve smoked 4 times in the past 25 years.

    It’s a plant, just legalize it, tax it, and have penalties for driving under the influence. I’d certainly much rather deal with someone who’s under the influence of weed than alcohol.

  33. ketch20too says: Mar 6, 2015 7:59 AM

    Good points, but why can’t former players smoke of they want.

  34. vikingdoode says: Mar 6, 2015 8:03 AM

    This rule is a publicity rule. Anyone thinks 420 makes you a better athlete your stoned too. But with recovery from getting the heads bashed in and need some relax and recovery help!

  35. campcouch says: Mar 6, 2015 8:04 AM

    The NFL doesn’t have to endorse it, they should just do away with the testing. Much like booze, if the local cops catch you doing it, the law will handle it. If a DUI/PI falls under the CBA and has some sort of discipline attached to it, so be it. Performance enhancers need to be their focus. This article and the interview points out exactly why their policy is ridiculous. Bell and Blount were weeded up, driving to the airport to fly overseas to play in a game. The cops cited them. The big issue is that these guys were still toked up even after all the other drug related issues previous to their run-in…they just didn’t care. Nor did the Steelers or Pats down the line. And the NFL is just getting around to doling out punishment for Bell next season. Be done with it. If the cops let a dude driving under the influence move on, then maybe the NFL should move on too.

  36. lightofkolob says: Mar 6, 2015 8:17 AM

    Yea this guy wants to turn the NFL into the NBA

  37. almighty1 says: Mar 6, 2015 8:23 AM

    So much $, effort, and resources wasted on keeping weed illegal and enforcing it. All a waste. And I don’t even smoke it…..yet.

  38. keepounding1234 says: Mar 6, 2015 8:26 AM

    I agree with him 100%.

  39. sadsackashizz says: Mar 6, 2015 8:29 AM

    Totally, dude. Somebody call Peyton. We need a pizza.

    ————————————

    I get it, weed gives you the munchies. Great joke. But it’s time to stop joking. If weed were legal, it would probably be the LEAST harmful “drug” you could find in your average CVS or Walgreens. It’s absolutely ridiculous that it’s still considered a schedule 1 narcotic. But as long you have the religious zealots & conservatives who seem to think they should be able to tell other people how to live their lives this is the crap we gotta deal with.

    And no, I don’t smoke.

  40. canetic says: Mar 6, 2015 8:32 AM

    Well if a former Broncos tight end is saying it, then we all must listen.

  41. wfl1987 says: Mar 6, 2015 8:33 AM

    i agree

    these players are also people, adults in most cases, and if its legal in your state then you should be able to enjoy yourself in your spare time however you want

    maybe when it gets legalized in more states and a pot conglomerate emerges that can get a multi million dollar sponsorship deal with the league then they will relax the restrictions

    as long as players can get hammered drunk in their free time they should be allowed to get stoned

  42. fwippel says: Mar 6, 2015 8:35 AM

    Just want coaches want: more players showing up cognitively impaired at game time.

  43. mazenblue says: Mar 6, 2015 8:35 AM

    “Totally, dude. Somebody call Peyton. We need a pizza.”

    Nice try on the stereotypes. Everybody’s a dude, dude. And everyone eats food, dude.

  44. 1buckeye76 says: Mar 6, 2015 8:39 AM

    The times they are a-changin’!

  45. 700levelvet says: Mar 6, 2015 8:39 AM

    NBA players have been smoking weed forever… And now they have like 5 or 6 really exceptional players, the rest of the league is garbage,and unwatchable. Perhaps the NFL powers that be have noticed..

  46. thisleagueisbecomingunwatchable says: Mar 6, 2015 8:40 AM

    Seems reasonable to me.

  47. honkerdawg says: Mar 6, 2015 8:41 AM

    Another idiot who rationalizes smoking pot in the workplace.

  48. giantsfanlewis says: Mar 6, 2015 8:43 AM

    You can get NFL logoed smoking items. Remember all those items are “for Tobacco use only” so both of those things probably already exist

  49. uwsptke says: Mar 6, 2015 8:48 AM

    Jackson was speaking at the Cannabis Business Executives Breakfast in Denver when he said it.

    What time did that breakfast get going? About 2pm?

  50. staticphear says: Mar 6, 2015 8:48 AM

    They still ban some vitamins, why would they make other drugs legal.

  51. kissmysandwich says: Mar 6, 2015 8:49 AM

    Do some research on how and why it became illegal in the first place. Just another lie the American public needs to wise up to. There is no reason it should be illegal anywhere, yet the NFL has no problem taking money from sponsors who sell a product that kills thousands annually and turns people into belligerent morons (alcohol). Comical how hypocritical people can be.

  52. MossMoon2Packers says: Mar 6, 2015 8:51 AM

    Absolutely right! Firstly, marijuana does NOT enhance a player’s performance, so a player isn’t cheating by smoking it. Secondly, it is safe to use, especially in comparison to alcohol. Thirdly, the only reason marijuana is illegal is because its use will decrease the profits of others — namely, the alcohol and drug companies (as marijuana can be grown at home with little expense) and the prison industry (which would see a sizable decrease in prisoners convicted of smoking marijuana) — as well as decrease forfeitures for the police and funding for the DEA. Really, it’s absurd that marijuana wasn’t legalized, or at least de-criminalized, long ago.

  53. WarEagleTexan says: Mar 6, 2015 8:51 AM

    Can I get an Amen?

  54. Florio Believer says: Mar 6, 2015 8:56 AM

    So now I’m curious, what Team would have the most BONG sales….Denver, Seattle, SF…?

    Yes, a Bears One-Hitter!!

  55. marthisdil says: Mar 6, 2015 9:02 AM

    “Michael Phelps is the best swimmer that the Earth has ever produced by far,” Jackson said. “And he smokes weed. That should tell us something.”

    That there’s no association between smoking weed and athletic performance?

    Oh, and that you’re a moron for thinking that there is an association?

  56. shakethenbake says: Mar 6, 2015 9:02 AM

    to much of a performance enhancer ha ha ……….

  57. piratefreedom says: Mar 6, 2015 9:04 AM

    everybody who isn’t willfully ignorant knows cannabis prohibition is foolish.

  58. topcide says: Mar 6, 2015 9:06 AM

    marijuana – banned and illegal in 47 states and considered by the federal government to be as harmful as heroin.

    highly addictive pain killers made from the poppy that cause liver damage – A OK and handed out like candy to football players by team physicians.

  59. primenumber19 says: Mar 6, 2015 9:11 AM

    League is media conscious? Beer kills more people, domestic violence kills more people, and aaron Hernandez kills more people than weed.

  60. folkcrusader says: Mar 6, 2015 9:13 AM

    It’s so simple, you don’t have to say it’s ok. Let the law worry about that. Just raise your testing threshold to the point that no one tests positive ala MLB, USOC, and any number of other smart sporting organizations. Viola, no more issues.

  61. FinFan68 says: Mar 6, 2015 9:13 AM

    He didn’t really make a good case for lifting the ban. He did unintentionally make a case for random drug testing instead of just one per year for those who haven’t been caught.

  62. jasncondit says: Mar 6, 2015 9:15 AM

    Ha it had no effect on destroying Charles Rogers career with the Lions? Shut up now please.

  63. dryzzt23 says: Mar 6, 2015 9:15 AM

    You ppl are WRONG. Weed is a gateway drug that fools get hooked on, then when the weed high isn’t enough they seek other drugs or whomever they smoke with laces it with something else and the result is a habitual drug user who will wreck his/her life.

    Yes, I agree that weed, and other drugs, are illegal b/c the govt doesn’t get their cut and it benefits the police unions to have all these drug enforcement officers paying dues. BUT the real problem is when these idiots (drug users) get hooked, screw up their lives and lose everything, they expect the U.S. taxpayers to bail them out b/c they “made a mistake”.
    IMO if you use drugs, and screw up your life beyond repair, well then that’s your own damn fault. EVERYONE has been educated and warned not to do drugs, and those who use get what they deserve. If we hold up guys like Peyton Manning, who don’t use drugs, and show the country that this is what you can accomplish without drugs, then that is part of the solution.
    When guys like Jackson advocate for nationalized legalization, that only helps those who grow and distribute the drugs. Jackson would not want to be held accountable for all of those who get hooked and ruin their lives.

    Mr. Jackson, you are a fool.

  64. surfinbird1 says: Mar 6, 2015 9:16 AM

    I wonder if he would feel the same way about the doctor who is about to operate on him or the pilot that’s gonna fly his plane etc,etc,etc.

  65. kyatropicfanforlife says: Mar 6, 2015 9:18 AM

    This is the country we live in now. So many stupid people. How sad is your life that you need drugs and/or alcohol to cope with your existence? Bunch of candy asses if you ask me. Using the logic that alcohol is legal so pot should be legal is stupid. Alcohol should be illegal for all the reasons stated. People go on and on about gun laws, then they smoke pot, get drunk, and drive an automobile. So many self righteous ass hats. We dont need more drug freedom, we need more people to grow up and stop being drunk, drugged out losers.

  66. sadsackashizz says: Mar 6, 2015 9:22 AM

    “Michael Phelps is the best swimmer that the Earth has ever produced by far,” Jackson said. “And he smokes weed. That should tell us something.”

    That there’s no association between smoking weed and athletic performance?

    Oh, and that you’re a moron for thinking that there is an association?

    ———————————————-

    I think that’s exactly what he’s saying. That it doesn’t affect performance. That it’s unrelated. And that the NFL should allow it.

  67. willycents says: Mar 6, 2015 9:25 AM

    I agree. Make it legal for everyone. I run a trucking company and I am certain that everyone here wants one of my 80,000# rigs coming at them at 70 MPH with the driver toking on a blunt. Better yet, I WANT everyone here coming down the road at 75 MPH smoking a doobie towards one of my rigs. The Darwin award will go to the driver of the car.

  68. concrete998 says: Mar 6, 2015 9:25 AM

    How many times do you read that the perpetrator was stoned out of his mind when he robbed the bank or committed that violent crime?

    And can someone please tell me why Liquor stores sell Nips? Do people really carry them home and belt those nips down on their couches or is it pure coincidence that most of the empty nip bottles end up on the side of the road… half a mile from the packy?

  69. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 6, 2015 9:26 AM

    Well being cuddle fawked through life and not really having to try for anything probably helped more than the pot.

  70. gsachs89 says: Mar 6, 2015 9:26 AM

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  71. xli2006 says: Mar 6, 2015 9:27 AM

    A “Free Nation” that prohibits it’s citizens from using a PLANT isn’t actually “Free”.

    It’s not performance enhancing, Alcohol and Tobacco is actually worse in many regards and completely legal, it’s Decriminalized and even Legal in almost 1/3rd of the states, and has absolutely no bearing on the play or performance of players.

    The NFL was recently under Federal Investigation for it’s handling of Pharmaceuticals given to players.

    Welcome to modern America… where a business rampantly pushes Pharmaceuticals to it’s employees while at the same time prohibiting them from using a Plant.

    #AmericanLogic

  72. yankeemofo says: Mar 6, 2015 9:28 AM

    MossMoon2Packers says:
    Mar 6, 2015 8:51 AM
    Absolutely right! Firstly, marijuana does NOT enhance a player’s performance, so a player isn’t cheating by smoking it. Secondly, it is safe to use, especially in comparison to alcohol. Thirdly, the only reason marijuana is illegal is because its use will decrease the profits of others — namely, the alcohol and drug companies (as marijuana can be grown at home with little expense) and the prison industry (which would see a sizable decrease in prisoners convicted of smoking marijuana) — as well as decrease forfeitures for the police and funding for the DEA. Really, it’s absurd that marijuana wasn’t legalized, or at least de-criminalized, long ago.

    ———
    Not to mention the lumber industry, the oil industry, the textile industry, etc.

  73. coloradical420 says: Mar 6, 2015 9:28 AM

    roll it up
    light it up
    smoke it up
    inhale
    exhale

  74. pkrlvr says: Mar 6, 2015 9:29 AM

    Topcide, that’s because those drug companies have paid our politicians millions and millions to keep it illegal. The great moron GWB actually passed legislation to allow prescription drugs to be advertised on TV! Never in our history had that happened before. Now we’ve got people going to the doctor and requesting specific drugs and the doctors being paid to push specific drugs, meanwhile the free plant that you can grow in your home that is proven to have cancer fighting and pain killing properties will get you locked up. Free country my as$.

  75. tedbundysson says: Mar 6, 2015 9:29 AM

    If half the effort and money was spent on seeing if pot did indeed have medicinal uses no doubt you would find it does. If studies with no agenda pro or con were conducted and weed was cultivated and engineered for specific medical problems it could be a real positive thing. Instead it is demonized by people who really have no knowledge and base their opinions on the movie Reefer Madness. Sad…

  76. sadsackashizz says: Mar 6, 2015 9:29 AM

    aaron Hernandez kills more people than weed.

    ——————————

    I got a good chuckle out of that one.

  77. shjmmy says: Mar 6, 2015 9:33 AM

    I wonder if Josh Brent would have killed his friend if they had just smoked instead

  78. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Mar 6, 2015 9:36 AM

    I think this is a fair question……who the hell is Nate Jackson?
    Never heard of the guy.

  79. 69goatboy says: Mar 6, 2015 9:51 AM

    “It kept my mind clean.”
    Yep, clean of all those useless brain cells.

  80. canesgiants says: Mar 6, 2015 9:52 AM

    lets give them endless supply of painkillers so they cant live a day without them but god forbid a guy smokes a joint at night and doesn’t wake up in pain. its so common sense its scary.

  81. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 6, 2015 9:53 AM

    although this is coming from a guy trying to sell a book,who had a grand total of about 30 career catches,who abused steroids,who abused pain killers and in his book believes he does have brain damage…I agree legalize herb

  82. kissmysandwich says: Mar 6, 2015 9:55 AM

    You can tell the people on this board who have and haven’t smoked…..and for you morons still hanging onto the 80’s “gateway drug” slogan….you might want to wise up and realize all modern studies show that ALCOHOL is a “gateway drug”, not Marijuana.

  83. yooperman says: Mar 6, 2015 9:55 AM

    R-E-L-A-X d-u-d-e

  84. jjackwagon says: Mar 6, 2015 9:57 AM

    “It kept my brain clean,” Jackson said, via the Associated Press. LMAO!!!

    Yeah because getting stoned never muddled up anyone’s thought process. Please reference D.Bowe asking the cops how to get to Sonic after they pulled him over for driving erratically.

    Is the irony of a former Denver player arguing in favor of weed lost here?

  85. rajbais says: Mar 6, 2015 9:59 AM

    I have a question. Is it me or does the NFL ban drugs or substances when it doesn’t come from a league sponsor?

  86. mcmccii says: Mar 6, 2015 9:59 AM

    Boy the ignorance and hypocrisy of Americans. Go smoke your cancer and drink your poison. That’s perfectly legal. Never mind the pain pill addictions that a lot of these players end up with.

  87. raiderufan says: Mar 6, 2015 10:03 AM

    Joe Rogan put it best.

    If Weed leads you to doing Heroin than Milk leads to being an Alchoholic.

    Labeling it along side the worst drugs in the country has caused it to be sold by the crack heads and heroin dealers in rough areas. Most people going to see these guys go “Not for me man”. That’s about 95% of the people going there….the other 5% that can be preyed on are and go onto other things. The law is the gateway. Not the drug.

    I’ve luckily had access when wanted with people I trust and nothing happens. I get bad bags sometimes….not once did I do it and think “dammit, not getting high anymore. Heroin time.” To think that is the workings of a pot smokers mind is absurd.

  88. seals1 says: Mar 6, 2015 10:03 AM

    If it keeps you off the pills then cannabis is the smartest thing you have ever got involved in. Pills Kills

    How may weed OD’s have you seen lately?

  89. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 6, 2015 10:04 AM

    The must have consulted with “medical experts” from the 1930s

    Meanwhile ou have owners like Haslam who stole man millions from his customers and that’s just fine with the league

  90. bksk07 says: Mar 6, 2015 10:05 AM

    They really need to de-criminalize it.

  91. vikinganswer says: Mar 6, 2015 10:07 AM

    Did realize there were so many doctors on this site. Not harmful? Are you kidding me?

  92. vikinganswer says: Mar 6, 2015 10:08 AM

    *didn’t

  93. artvan15 says: Mar 6, 2015 10:15 AM

    Most of the people here who are commenting are pot heads and enjoy the high which is why they want it legalized.

    What a mistake that would be. Don’t tell me it won’t effect peoples play on the field when they are doped up on this.

  94. bchap17 says: Mar 6, 2015 10:17 AM

    If it was never reported by teams and the media the public would never know. So don’t give me that “role model” excuse.

    When’s the last time a NBA or MLB player was suspended for marijuana?

  95. jchaisson says: Mar 6, 2015 10:19 AM

    The brain, in your 20s, is still maturing to the brain that you will have as an adult, in your thirties. Drugs, this includes alcohol can have major affects to the development that can have lasting consequences.
    The biggest issues in allowing a population that constantly has head trauma smoke weed is it can cause more problem in their late 30s, 40s, or 50s.
    Dementia and other serious issues that stem from constant head injury could occur faster in these athletes.
    NFL needs to fund research in the this area. The potential damage of doing drugs as a NFL athlete, even alcohol consumption, could be devastating if they leave it to hear say.

  96. bigblu73 says: Mar 6, 2015 10:20 AM

    YEA, WEED REALLY EFFECTED MY PERFORMANCE

    SIGNED,

    Michael Jordan
    Kareem Abdul Jabaar
    Jim Brown
    Michael Phelps
    Ussain Bolt
    Randy Moss

    Those are just a few off the top of my head!!!!

    STOP THE HYPOCRISY ALREADY!!!!!!

  97. honeybadger14 says: Mar 6, 2015 10:24 AM

    Put the asterisks beside his name in the record books.

    First Jerry Rice than *scrolling up* Nate Jackson. Unreal.

  98. metalman5150 says: Mar 6, 2015 10:30 AM

    Legalize, Regulate and Tax Marijuana.
    The benefits of wiid are staggering, from rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries to calming of anxiety.

    But pills this and pills that, the doctors want you to eat and become addicted to pills.

  99. smithopher says: Mar 6, 2015 10:34 AM

    as a former collegiate swimmer, hes wrong. ryan lochte is right there with him. its like greatest of all time 1a and 1b. just sayin.

  100. shlort says: Mar 6, 2015 10:35 AM

    Lift the ban on weed, then the NFL can lift the ban on cocaine, steroids, HGH and whatever else. Why stop at weed? Might as well lift the ban on heroin too. Imagine the hits these guys could take if they were hopped up on coke and heroin along with the HGH? Football would be awesome if these guys played hopped up on drugs.

  101. painsyndicate says: Mar 6, 2015 10:39 AM

    Next they will ask to be allowed to drive uninsured vehicles on suspended licenses with unregistered firearms and open containers inside.

  102. defscottyb says: Mar 6, 2015 10:39 AM

    For those that have never smoked weed or thing it’s no big deal: it gets u really really messed up, just as much as booze does. It’s a potent drug, don’t get it confused. And don’t give me the it’s natural and healthy bs all that is is “smoke” for stoners wanting it to be legal so they can smoke without consequence.

  103. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 6, 2015 10:41 AM

    Here’s the truth…
    Marijuana is illegal because if it became legal everywhere, crime would drop, DUIs and drunk driving deaths would drop. Also, Big Pharma, Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco companies lobby the gov. to vote no.. Its just corruption.. Many cops and many in the court system would be out of jobs if it legalized! Alcohol causes violence, DUIs and is good for the economy for the elite….

  104. Florio Believer says: Mar 6, 2015 10:45 AM

    What a bunch of idiots that think smoking some weed will harm you….I’m 65 and have smoked pot for 50 years, NO ISSUES!!!

  105. shlort says: Mar 6, 2015 10:47 AM

    Oh, and something else that is now common. Science has broken down marijuana into all of it’s core ingredients. No need to be high to get medical benefits from cannabis.

    And the idea that people are using weed for medicinal purposes is a lie. People use the medicinal excuse to sit round and get stoned all day. Same stones, just now they have a medical reason.

    I don’t care if you get smoked up and eat cap’n crunch all day, just don’t pretend that getting smoked up helps any ailment. You can treat ailments with the chemicals and not get stoned.

  106. jayniner says: Mar 6, 2015 10:48 AM

    I told my boss to lift the marijuana ban at work. He told me to report to our new office location………it was the Unemployment Department.

  107. rukkus1 says: Mar 6, 2015 10:55 AM

    The “gateway drug” term is something that was manufactured to make people scared of marijuana.

    First of all, a person who has a desire to self medicate is going to try different things until they find what’s right for them.

    Of course people almost all start out with alcohol or mj. It is much more available. Usually does the job for their needs at first.

    However that doesn’t mean that a substance creates the desire for a person to “move on to a harder drug”… to think that a substance itself is the cause moving to heroin or meth, that is insane. That way of thing is incredibly flawed.

    Most people are going to move on to meth and heroin because they have heavy psychological issues. Not because they smoked a joint or drank a beer.

  108. topcide says: Mar 6, 2015 11:10 AM

    The whole gateway drug thing is completely absurd.

    I’m 34 years old and consider myself reasonably successful by most standards- married, my wife and I are both college graduates, we own a home, own 2 cars and a motorcycle, and we both have a decent 401k and some investments, and have good jobs with good companies. I even own jointly own some hunting property with a bunch of other individuals.

    I smoked pot pretty regularly in high school, college, and for the first few years out of college. Eventually I hit the point in life where I had way too much to lose and the chance of getting nicked with a bag of pot could cost me job and everything I worked for and financially ruin me, so I stopped.

    Look, it’s not good for a high school kid to be smoking weed, I admit that, but they also should not be drinking beer or smoking cigarettes, and I think that out of the 3 almost everyone tries at least one during high school, and I can tell you that it was a hell of a lot harder for an underage kid to get alcohol than to get pot simply because the drug dealer doesn’t check ID, and virtually NO store will risk their liquor license selling to a kid.

    The older I do get, I see a lot of people my age I know both personally and professionally that still partake in weed and are very successful, and I am kinda shocked to learn that people much older than I am have been smoking their entire lives. Some that I have known my entire life that are 30 years older than me and only felt comfortable letting me know now that I am an adult.

    I know that the argument has been completely beaten to death, but it’s absolutely absurd that alcohol is legal, celebrated, and a part of damn near every aspect of american society and marijuana is still illegal. Within 2 miles of my house I can count off the top of my head 3 grocery stores one that sell alcohol- one of which is whole foods where you can literally get a draft beer and walk around drinking it while you shop , a gas station that sells both beer and liquor, 3 straight up liquor stores, 2 drug stores that sell some type of alcohol, 2 bars, and 4 restaurants that serve alcohol, and I am sure I prob missed one or 2. I even built a bar in my basement man cave complete with draft beer and a fully stocked liquor cabinet.

    My point is that I can head into any of those places, and be served or purchase enough alcohol to literally kill myself many times over and it’s not only socially acceptable, but encouraged and 100% legal.

    So later tonight I can have my college buddies over to tell some jokes,play some cards, and drink some beer in Lions pint glasses filled with from a kegerator fitted with a Lions tap handle, and smoke cigars lit with a Lions lighter and it’s perfectly OK. But it we want to do the exact same thing, except involve a doobie lit with the same Lions lighter it’s illegal.

    Do some people over do it and become burnt out stoners? Absolutely. But on the same token some people overdue it and become complete alcoholics as well. Everything in moderation.

  109. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 6, 2015 11:11 AM

    CBD is the magic chemical in Mary Jane….. used for pain, health benefits, autism, seizures, etc…. For all the dummies that have no clue……. Get off my lawn!

  110. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 6, 2015 11:14 AM

    shlort says:
    Mar 6, 2015 10:47 AM
    Oh, and something else that is now common. Science has broken down marijuana into all of it’s core ingredients. No need to be high to get medical benefits from cannabis.

    And the idea that people are using weed for medicinal purposes is a lie. People use the medicinal excuse to sit round and get stoned all day. Same stones, just now they have a medical reason.

    I don’t care if you get smoked up and eat cap’n crunch all day, just don’t pretend that getting smoked up helps any ailment. You can treat ailments with the chemicals and not get stoned.

    You are full of it! You probably work for one of the big 3, Big Pharma, Big Alcohol or Big Tobacco!

  111. hempoilcures says: Mar 6, 2015 11:19 AM

    USA patent 6630507….read it, for all you dummies who think it’s bad for you.

  112. hempoilcures says: Mar 6, 2015 11:24 AM

    it’s a NEURO PROTECTOR…proven scientifically. IT DOES NOT CAUSE DAMAGE TO US. CB1 and CB2 are receptors, cannabinoids from cannabis fit these receptors like a key in a lock and they unlock your receptors to message throughout the body to help fix what is wrong. These receptors are in our brain’s and major organs and throughout the body. Damaging our bodies with LIFE, shuts down these receptors and eating cannabis concentrate restarts these receptors and then you can be healthy…it’s science.

  113. hempoilcures says: Mar 6, 2015 11:27 AM

    THC is a BIG part in cannabis medicine…it’s the cannabinoid that stirs the drink. Other cannabinoids need the THC to work….those who say taking out compounds here and there for certain illnesses = NO, it all has to work together to be at it’s best. As you eat cannabis extract, you gain a tolerance to the THC and you will not get high unless you take too much.

  114. henseltr says: Mar 6, 2015 11:27 AM

    The NFL doesn’t have to “legalize” marijuana. They can simply say that they are no longer testing for recreational drugs, and that the time and money resources can better be used to study the effects of repeated concussions on the brain. Or on a domestic violence/child abuse program. A failed weed/cocaine test doesn’t give a black eye to the league like child abuse, domestic violence, a rape case, early onset Alzheimer’s in a former player, or suicide. Tell the NFLPA it’s an eye for an eye, HGH testing for eliminating recreational drug testing. I promise, if put to a vote, the percentage of players who use recreational drugs will greatly outweigh the number who use HGH.

  115. cmoney20 says: Mar 6, 2015 11:30 AM

    This won’t work Nate sorry. If they did that, they couldn’t rail against Josh Gordon. The answer is no.

  116. revren10 says: Mar 6, 2015 11:36 AM

    He wanted to be a good football player but then he got high. He was gonna be a hall of famer but then he got high. He was gonna break all these records but then he got high

  117. td30 says: Mar 6, 2015 11:42 AM

    he may be right, but how does this dude still get his quotes in articles? He had 240 yards in 6 seasons

  118. kcrobert10 says: Mar 6, 2015 12:15 PM

    While I don’t agree with smoking pot will help prevent brain damage. Let’s be real is causes brain damage but alcoholism causes liver cancer. I do believe the US government waste tons of money on a drug war against pot. Money that can be put to good use doing something else like education heath insurance military budget and so forth. People it’s simply time to end the federal prohibition of marijuana.

  119. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 6, 2015 1:01 PM

    Mark Stepnoski knows the truth 🙂

  120. rukkus1 says: Mar 6, 2015 2:04 PM

    defscottyb says:

    For those that have never smoked weed or thing it’s no big deal: it gets u really really messed up, just as much as booze does. It’s a potent drug, don’t get it confused. And don’t give me the it’s natural and healthy bs all that is is “smoke” for stoners wanting it to be legal so they can smoke without consequence.
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    I smoked herb on and off since I was 15. 3 years ago I started smoking about every day. Not to get “messed up”. I do it to help fall asleep. To ease my mind. Ease physical pains. There is every day applications for herb. Of course the key is moderation.

    You don’t need to get belligerent with it.

    It helps a lot of people in a lot of ways and it’s too bad you’re so strongly against it.

    Like I said, I’m a responsible smoker for 23 years now. Single dad. Full time employed. Union steward. Volunteer at school. Raise kids who do good in school, sports, and have great disposition.

    You should try a hit yourself one time in a responsible setting. It may remove your blinders.

  121. joewilliesshnoz says: Mar 6, 2015 3:19 PM

    Finally, someone who got it right.

  122. ikeclanton says: Mar 6, 2015 5:04 PM

    he may be right, but how does this dude still get his quotes in articles? He had 240 yards in 6 seasons

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    All that weed must have altered his depth-perception during games. He should have had more YAC.

  123. defscottyb says: Mar 9, 2015 6:17 AM

    Yeah I’ve smoked weed many times man and it gets me really really messed up… no way anyone should ever drive or do anything that risks the lives of others when stoned… fine, sit at home and blaze up just don’t go driving or working machinery. And some gimme the oh I’m fine or better than on booze… bs.

  124. dlindner999 says: Mar 10, 2015 1:08 PM

    The NFL can and will test however it wants, for legal drugs, illegal drugs, PED’s, whatever the hell Roger Goodell damn well pleases. He’s not bound by the government to test for weed, as some ignorant people here have claimed, (Bullcharger I’m looking at you) . That doesn’t make Goodell’s rules relevant in today’s society. I agree with Nate Jackson on this subject. Marijuana is a proven safer alternative to addicting painkillers and is not a performance enhancing drug by any interpretation of that term. It’s very simple… NFL: Don’t test for weed, but don’t publicize it. If you want to keep your “anti-drug reputation” intact, to maintain the image that marijuana smokers shouldn’t be role models, enforce a new policy stating that any player flaunting marijuana use in public is subject to a $250,000 fine on the first offense, a 6-game suspension on the second offense, and a one year suspension on the third offense. Players will learn to keep it private pretty darn quick.

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