Roger Goodell: Marijuana is a “medical issue” that needs further research

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Three months ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called marijuana addictive and unhealthy for players long term. His stance seems to be softening.

On the heels of news that the NFL has offered to collaborate with the NFLPA to study the potential benefits of marijuana in managing pain for the league’s players, Goodell on Thursday called marijuana “a medical issue” that merits further research.

If pain management is something that medical marijuana can address responsibly, that’s something that our medical community is evaluating,” Goodell said at a forum at the Broncos’ Dove Valley headquarters, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “We just proposed to our union in the last month or so that we put some research money behind that to see how we could implement that . . . if they can address pain management in an effective and safe fashion. That’s something that I assume will get a lot of discussion, but hopefully it involves a lot of research and medical opinions that can help us make the best decisions.”

The league currently bans marijuana in its collectively bargained substance-abuse policy and has taken a strong stance against its use by players. However, in a recent letter to the NFLPA, the NFL offered to work with the players in cannabis research.

According to The Washington Post, the NFL’s letter to the union outlined multiple areas for potential research, including pain management for both acute and chronic conditions.

14 responses to “Roger Goodell: Marijuana is a “medical issue” that needs further research

  1. Nice to see the league finally catching up with 1980s science. In another decade or so, they may just come to understand more complicated scientific topics like air pressure.

  2. They’ll get to this research right after they get the whole concussion thing figured out. The year 2000 is the over/under.

  3. NFL will still screen for THC. They will eventually allow a commercial CBD only strain of capsules.

    If they were smart they would take that $18 mill or so that they backed it of the concussion study and give it to a CBD oil clinical trial.

    It will find that CBD is effective at “eases the pain” and non addictive non psychoactive(no THC)

    Then NFL can sell that they “pioneered research” for the sake of player health and safety. Keep the current drug test policy and procedure and a punishment.

    NFLPA/Players get an effective non addictive option for pain. And new product sponsorship opportunities. TB12 oils bro

  4. That’s hilarious Roger. Many of the drugs the players are taking today, will be taken off the market eventually because they haven’t been properly researched. But Roger doesn’t represent the players, he represents the pharmaceutical companies, I mean the owners. I was just wondering, do the doctors and trainers consult the commissioner when they’re treating an injured knee? An injured arm? Roger, you’re not looking very honest here, but you’re used to it, right? At some point you don’t even care. Kinda like that dude in the oval office.

  5. Any one who smokes marijuana is a loser. Colorado and California people grow and smoke them. It ruins and kills others when driving, just like alcohol. In this case, alcohol shouldn’t have any limit.

  6. Any one who smokes marijuana is a loser. Colorado and California people grow and smoke them. It ruins and kills others when driving, just like alcohol. In this case, alcohol shouldn’t have any limit. Only corrupt government would legalize it.

  7. So medical marijuana has been deemed safe for pain management for cancer patients but apparently football players need more research?

    Let’s be honest, NFL owners are conservative people who have their own hang ups on marijuana that have nothing to do with science.

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