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NFLPA hopes NFL will alter marijuana policy without concessions

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Despite a push from Jerry and Stephen Jones to reconsider the league’s outdated marijuana policy, the league isn’t likely to do it unilaterally because the issue resides squarely in the gears of collective bargaining. In turn, the NFL Players Association doesn’t expect the league to suddenly abandon the push-and-pull, give-and-take that requires the players to give something up if they want something back.

“That has not been our experience with the league or the Management Council unfortunately in most cases,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said on Monday’s PFT Live. “This is clearly one that falls into that health-and-safety space. We know exactly how players feel after the games, what their career are like, and what their lives are like after they’re done playing football. It’s incumbent upon all of us to take the hard look and see how we can help players. And it’s a little bit challenging at times to feel like the only entity who cares about these players as human beings, as men, as family men, when they’re facing health and safety issues. And clearly we’ve made some significant advances over the last six-to-eight years, but on this particular issue I think it’s incumbent on the league office to, and pardon my pun, keep up with the Joneses.”

Atallah nevertheless welcomes the fact that the two Joneses recognize that the time has come to revisit the marijuana policy.

“It’s encouraging to see someone from management who’s interested in a more progressive viewpoint,” Atallah said.

Where it goes from here likely depends on further legalization efforts and medical research demonstrating that the supposedly “unhealthy” and “addictive” substance is less “unhealthy” and/or “addictive” than the medications players currently take in order to play with pain.

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38 Responses to “NFLPA hopes NFL will alter marijuana policy without concessions”
  1. skoobyfl says: May 8, 2017 2:29 PM

    They’ve got high hopes…….

  2. gsomatt says: May 8, 2017 2:32 PM

    Let’s let them have the oil extract without the THC component. Win win.

  3. tylawspick6 says: May 8, 2017 2:32 PM

    Just legalize it already. 50% of people already use it in some fashion and it’s a natural, unprocessed plant.

    Look at all the alcohol sponsors the NFL aligns with.

    Big pharma can stick it, too. Enough already.

  4. yooperman says: May 8, 2017 2:36 PM

    If the NFL doesn’t change, have a “smoke in” in Denver. Will the NFL cancel a season because they have 100’s of players lighting up?

  5. weepingjebus says: May 8, 2017 2:38 PM

    It’s all fun and games until your WR drops a critical pass because he’s red eyed and smells like a compost pile. Let me guess, Purple Drank also does a real number on sore throats.

  6. elyasm says: May 8, 2017 2:44 PM

    If the NFL chooses to adopt a science-based position based on compassion for the players it employs on this issue, it will be the first time they’ve done so on any issue.

  7. eagleslayer says: May 8, 2017 2:50 PM

    Show me someone who doesn’t smoke pot and I’ll show you an excruciating bore that nobody thinks is funny.

  8. oswizard says: May 8, 2017 3:17 PM

    Ongoing problem in the US with addicts that got started on the opiates the NFL currently approves their players use instead of marijuana. This would only be common sense at work. So the NFL won’t do it.

  9. notlistinin says: May 8, 2017 3:21 PM

    I am hoping the Federal and State governments will waive my income taxes for life without concessions.

  10. notlistinin says: May 8, 2017 3:27 PM

    gsomatt says:
    May 8, 2017 2:32 PM
    Let’s let them have the oil extract without the THC component. Win win.
    ————————–
    Alas child, it’s not that simple. THC alleviates pain and helps with relaxation of strained and sore muscles. CBD is great, but it too has limitations, including not being very good at pain relief aside from anti inflammatory properties.

  11. naes says: May 8, 2017 3:32 PM

    The league should agree to stop testing for pot in exchange for teams getting more practice time during camp.

    The quality of play is suffering from the lack of practice. This could be an easy win/win for everyone.

  12. enkay85 says: May 8, 2017 3:39 PM

    If the NFL owners OK marijuana, I have to think the concession will be 18 game schedule…

  13. dwinsgames says: May 8, 2017 3:40 PM

    NFL Owners giving something for nothing? You must be high if you think that’s going to happen.

  14. DitkasHair says: May 8, 2017 3:40 PM

    I have constant neck & shoulder discomfort that the Doctor can’t find a solution for other than to give me pain killers.

    On a recent trip to Colorado, and of course a stop at the Dispensary, I was exposed to a ‘cream’ that includes THC and other herbs and spices such as Peppermint. Lo and behold this stuff works .. I get a full 6 hours of relief with less than a dime size squirt in my hand.

    I bet it would show up on a drug test – Roger, this stuff works, LEGALIZE IT!!!!

  15. kwjsb says: May 8, 2017 3:42 PM

    Seems to me the league cannot change the law, can’t smoke it in Charlotte can’t stop them in Denver

  16. rlr79 says: May 8, 2017 3:51 PM

    Yeah because the NFLPA allows the NFL to make changes to anything without concessions, Not! Never ever give any union an inch they will take a mile.

  17. nathanp2013 says: May 8, 2017 4:02 PM

    At this point; the NFL has a ton to gain from it. What team really wants to enforce pot against their players and lose out on their performance (Josh Gordon) over something that isn’t performance enhancing.

    Past that, with all of the negative stories coming to light about NFL’s team doctors willingness to over prescribe opiodes… marijuana would take some of the light off of that topic.

    It really is a win-win for the league.

  18. nathanp2013 says: May 8, 2017 4:04 PM

    I mean, they don’t even officially have to change their policy if they are hoping to avoid any possible blowback (pun?)… all the NFL has to do is stop testing for TCH.

  19. SparkyGump says: May 8, 2017 4:06 PM

    I can say from personal experience that cannabis helps with the pain associated with spine arthritis. There is no logical argument against legal cannabis besides pharmaceutical greed and political ignorance. Come to my home, Mr. Goodell, and vape some organic indica with me then tell me why this wonderful plant is not legal.

  20. murphyslaw40 says: May 8, 2017 4:21 PM

    And I hope federal government will alter marijuana policy without concessions…

  21. hrmlss says: May 8, 2017 4:24 PM

    I think they’re smoking weed….

  22. peytonwantsaflag says: May 8, 2017 4:26 PM

    We know exactly how players feel after the games, what their career are like, and what their lives are like after they’re done playing football. It’s incumbent upon all of us to take the hard look and see how we can help players. And it’s a little bit challenging at times to feel like the only entity who cares about these players as human beings, as men, as family men, when they’re facing health and safety issues.
    ————————————————–

    If the NFLPA wants to push for legalization of marijuana for players for pain management I’m all for it. .

    If, however, they want to use the issue to demonize the league and try to show marijuana is a panacea that will help players life a long, healthy, pain free and safe life then count me out. What a silly comment.

  23. bigbenisabigbaby says: May 8, 2017 4:33 PM

    Free Josh Gordon!

  24. mogogo1 says: May 8, 2017 4:44 PM

    “50% of people already use it in some fashion and it’s a natural, unprocessed plant.”
    ___________

    Where is the source for that? The last Gallup poll from 2016 put the number at 13% as active users and only 43% admitted to having tried it at any point. Even if you threw hemp into the mix (which clearly has nothing to do with the drug side of things) it wouldn’t hit 50%.

  25. JJ412 says: May 8, 2017 5:24 PM

    “It’s all fun and games until your WR drops a critical pass because he’s red eyed and smells like a compost pile. Let me guess, Purple Drank also does a real number on sore throats.”

    ———————————————————————
    You don’t think they aren’t already dropping them because they are hung over from alcohol? Read what Chris Carter says about his early years.

    And I’ll take the smell of someone who was up late smoking over someone who was up all night drinking anyday.

  26. nyneal says: May 8, 2017 5:28 PM

    It’s amazing to me how the people in this country have lowered their values in the last few decades.
    Here’s the truth no one wants to hear. Potheads get high because they can’t handle the pressures of every day life without getting stoned. It’s the same reason people turn to alcohol.
    I love it when the potheads say “everyone” is doing it or “half the people are doing it”. That’s a bunch of crap. But it’s how they try to convince people that it should be legalized.
    I couldn’t stand the scummy potheads I went to high school with in the 60’s and I have no respect for anyone who does it today.
    Heck — why stop at marijuana, potheads? Why not legalize everything? Do away with all laws and just let everyone do what they want. Go back to the days when you didn’t like someone, you strapped on a pistol and shot it out.
    You people make me sick, you really do. But you’ll win. They’ll legalize this crap and then what’s next? Because there is always something else.

  27. abninf says: May 8, 2017 6:19 PM

    tylawspick6 says:

    Just legalize it already. 50% of people already use it in some fashion
    =====================================

    Fifty percent? Did High Times tell you that, smokey?

  28. mrcneff says: May 8, 2017 6:52 PM

    Nyneal is probably the same guy who held people down while other cut their hair in the 60s, too.

  29. trollaikman8 says: May 8, 2017 6:58 PM

    Concession #1: Extended season, for fun and profit.

  30. ronfromnm says: May 8, 2017 7:16 PM

    So the same union that balked at HGH testing – to which the union had already agreed – without some kind of concession from the owners expects the owners to just give in on pot?

    Does the NFLPA realize that pot is still illegal in all 50 states? Yeah, some states have decriminalized their own laws but federal law (a) trumps state law and (b) clearly states pot is illegal.

  31. joe400e says: May 8, 2017 7:46 PM

    The NFL will stop testing the players for cannabis if the NFLPA agrees to an 18 game season. Goodell and the owners have been trying to increase the amount of games for a while to generate more income. They care more about money than they do about the players health. Always have, always will.

  32. liontuss says: May 8, 2017 7:48 PM

    Just had my last joint replacement of hip, knee, hip in a year. Prescribed pot (Ontario, Canada) which was specifically “bred” for joint pain and low buzz by the registered producer. Pain managed and I don’t get very high at all. Amazing.

    All signs indicate that pot will be legal across Canada by the end of 2018. The CFL is now on watch 😉

  33. senatorblutarsky says: May 8, 2017 7:52 PM

    NFLPA hopes NFL will alter marijuana policy without concessions
    __________________

    And Maurice Smith wants some new hats.

  34. senatorblutarsky says: May 8, 2017 8:15 PM

    joe400e says:
    May 8, 2017 7:46 PM

    The NFL will stop testing the players for cannabis if the NFLPA agrees to an 18 game season. Goodell and the owners have been trying to increase the amount of games for a while to generate more income. They care more about money than they do about the players health. Always have, always will.
    _____________________

    Maybe you’d like to see the NFL roll back the length of the season to 14 or even 12 games?

  35. chrisernst82 says: May 8, 2017 9:53 PM

    nyneal have you ever taken medicine before? Had a headache or a back ache maybe? I expect that you have and by your age I’m sure you take more than a few to escape the realities of life. Don’t you think that’s awfully hypocritical of you? Ever drink coffee or anything with the stimulant caffeine in it?

    Lots of people take it for medical reasons. Lots of people use it because it makes them feel good that have no reason to escape their real life. Ever have sex just cause it felt good but didn’t intend to create a child?

    If something makes someone feel good and it doesn’t involve you or adversely affect you., but you don’t want them to because you don’t like it that says more about you than it does them. I bet if someone close to you gets cancer and can’t hold down a bite of food unless they smoked​ marijuana you mind would change pretty quick.

    People like you need to get of your ill informed high horse and stop denying medication to people who need and and have a god given right to it.

  36. bws1066 says: May 8, 2017 9:56 PM

    The NFLPA has to be stupid to think they won’t have to give up concessions. There are too many places that it’s still illegal.

  37. dallashomer says: May 8, 2017 10:03 PM

    Maybe the NFL should decriminalize it because it’s the right thing to do. No concessions needed.

  38. steeler43 says: May 9, 2017 10:55 AM

    Not only could marijuana (possibly) help to relieve pain from injuries, it could also help players deal with the depression and anxiety caused by CTE. It might just calm the players down so they don’t feel the need to smack their women around. Or take a gun into a club and shoot themselves in the leg…

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