Ravens’ Eugene Monroe makes big donation to marijuana research

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The Ravens wouldn’t draft a left tackle who they knew was smoking marijuana through a gas mask.

But a left tackle who is on their roster for now has made a major contribution to marijuana research.

Via Clifton Brown of CSNMidAtlantic.com, Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe has donated $80,000 to a group researching medical marijuana at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania.

The study is looking into possible cannabinoid therapies for current and NFL players,

The press release from The Realm of Caring and CW Botanicals said Monroe: “cannot use cannabinoid products and is instead prescribed opioids to manage his chronic pain from sports-related injuries. He recognizes the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and fully supports this research that could help professional and amateur athletes as well as anyone suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. Eugene hopes that his actions will influence the NFL in changing their policy on cannabis and recognize it as a viable treatment option.

“Due to the NFL’s strict anti-cannibas policies, it’s difficult for current players to speak in support of the plant and its potential therapeutic uses. Despite the risks, on March 9 Eugene became the first active NFL player to call on the NFL to remove marijuana from the banned substances list; fund medical marijuana research, especially as it relates to CTE; and to urge the NFL to stop overprescribing opioids.”

Monroe has been an outspoken advocate, not that it matters to the league, which has shown no indication of flexibility in their outlook toward a substance which is legal to enjoy in two of the cities in which they do business.

It will be interesting to see how the Ravens react to Monroe’s donation.

Even though they bypassed Laremy Tunsil with the sixth pick in the draft after the bong video emerged, they did use that pick on Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley. They’ve said they have no intention to cut Monroe, but that doesn’t preclude trading him or moving him to guard.

And for a team that is clearly sensitive to marijuana-related issues, having someone willing to attach their name to the cause might not do a lot to enhance his position. The fact he’s missed 16 games the last two years and has a big contract doesn’t help, either.

26 responses to “Ravens’ Eugene Monroe makes big donation to marijuana research

  1. Push the stuff you need a test tube and beakers for but ban the plant. Makes sense. I mean, it’s not like anyone has ever gotten addicted to Percocet, right?

  2. I’m not a huge Monroe fan, but I’ll back him on this one. Weed is far safer than any opioid from an addiction perspective. The Federal govt’s classification of it as a schedule 1 drug is absurd and the NFL should stop testing for it.

  3. The fact that a PLANT is illegal in the first place speaks VOLUMES. Greedy business folks are all about profit, not worried about actually HELPING someone. SMH.

  4. Giving a donation to two extremely prestigious universities should not be held against him in any way, shape or form, no matter what the research entails.

  5. LoL dude tried to make a funny and doesn’t even know what his first name is. Good joke

  6. Always liked him. I wish he would have stuck with Jax as the Joke has been terrible. Who allows 5 sacks in a game..a quitter that is who.

  7. The pharmaceutical companies concocting and peddling their overpriced toxins are the primary force against finally legalizing the medicinal plant.

    Not only have they tried and failed to make one of their unhealthy, poisonous concoctions out of it to gouge us for obscene profits; it’s far too easy for us to grow our own without their added junk — they can’t stand to lose the millions of dollars to a plant that does a better job helping countless medical conditions; and they’re also losing out on the domino toppling of side effects from their so-called medications, that the plant doesn’t cause.

  8. IF everyone were honest with themselves and the rest of us, we could probably agree that CBD has good potential for medical uses and in some cases, like seizures, can cure symptoms. The THC is what gets you high and I suppose it can help with appetite in cancer patients.

    Neither side at this point will admit the point about CBD, because ulterior motives.
    THC can be bred down and CBD bred up which would solve the medicine issue but not the “I wanna get high” issue.

  9. THC is just one of 60 cannabinoids in cannabis. That’s why it’s proven to help such a range of medical conditions.

    The primary one for pain management, CBD, doesn’t even produce a buzz. This one is also known to help with tumor suppression, and breast cancer researchers are doing further testing on how the various cannabinoids work separately and in combination.

    As to the eating Doritos in Mom’s basement cliche, the literally hundreds of different strains fall into two categories, sativa and indica, as well as various hybrids.

    Sativas actually boost your energy and speed up your thinking, much like caffeine. They don’t increase your appetite; some even suppress it.

    Indicas are for relaxing, pain relief, nausea (chemo, for example), insomnia. To keep it straight, think “indica = in da couch”

  10. “He recognizes the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)”

    Just want to clarify, at present CTE can only be identified and diagnosed via autopsy yet somehow the benefits of treating it with CBD are recognizable? Did we miss something? Has there been a breakthrough in the diagnosis of CTE that is about to impact the concussion and CTE settlements/lawsuits?

  11. I’m sure Big Pharmacy has a sweet deal with the nfl to keep feeding the players those pain pills. They surely wouldn’t like a solution or alternative that could be grown as simply as a tomato plant.

  12. My roommate lost his 95K engineering job once he started smoking because he literally lost the motivation to do ANYTHING

    Weed isn’t the magic drug you guys make it out to be, especially if you have mental health issues to begin with.

  13. My roommate lost his 95K engineering job once he started smoking because he literally lost the motivation to do ANYTHING
    ____________
    Sorry, I don’t believe you. I made it through graduate school and law school just fine. I have friends who went to medical school and had no issues.
    Now, I know plenty of people who have lost everything from alcoholism but I know plenty of extremely successful pot smokers.

  14. If drugs tests only look for THC (the thing that makes you high) and you’re not taking massive doses of CBD oil you shouldn’t fail a drug test. However, I think most CBD oil has small amounts of THC by design. You can get CBD oil without THC though legally anywhere.

  15. Four of the last 6 teams to play in the Super Bowl were from the Legal States. Of course those were Denver and Seattle twice each, winning 2 of the last 3.

  16. Why would the Ravens care about this. It didn’t bother them when Suggs and Ray Lewis were taking miracle cure drugs and they even got Ray Rice’s girlfriend’s/wife to admit she had a part in her getting knocked out. Now don’t use a play that is legal and was used earlier in the same season by the MIGHTY Detroit Lions. That will get the classy Ravens and their self righteous fans panties in a bunch!

  17. My roommate lost his 95K engineering job once he started smoking because he literally lost the motivation to do ANYTHING
    ____________
    Sorry, I don’t believe you. I made it through graduate school and law school just fine. I have friends who went to medical school and had no issues.
    Now, I know plenty of people who have lost everything from alcoholism but I know plenty of extremely successful pot smokers.
    ____________

    Completely agree. One of my very good friends who smokes daily is also one of the most successful people I know. CPA and hired as a CFO at 32. It is not for me but I know a lot of people doing very well that enjoy it. Don’t blame weed. Your roommate lost his job because he either has other issues or he sucks.

  18. May 12, 2016 4:33 PM – foodiefoodnerd says: The pharmaceutical companies concocting and peddling their overpriced toxins are the primary force against finally legalizing the medicinal plant.

    When it’s fully legal and heavily regulated, whom do you think will take over the supply? Mom and Pop dispensaries, or PfizerWeedica?

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