NFLPA will study marijuana as a pain-management tool for players

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Five more NFL teams will soon be playing in states where marijuana is legal, and the NFL Players Association is exploring the possibility of letting NFL players use marijuana as a pain-management tool.

George Atallah, the NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs, told the Washington Post Wednesday that the NFLPA is “actively looking” at using marijuana as a pain-management tool and will form a committee to study benefits of the drug.

Marijuana remains a banned substance under the terms of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.

In a statement given to the Washington Post, the NFL said it will continue “to follow the advice of leading experts on treatment, pain management and other symptoms associated with concussions and other injuries. However, medical experts have not recommended making a change or revisiting our collectively-bargained policy and approach related to marijuana, and our position on its use remains consistent with federal law and workplace policies across the country. If these medical experts change their view, then this is an area that we would explore.”

Recently retired offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has been a vocal supporter in recent years of changing the NFL’s policy and exploring the possibility of allowing the use of medical marijuana instead of standard painkillers. Any change in the terms of the collective bargaining agreement would have to be approved by the NFLPA and the league.

46 responses to “NFLPA will study marijuana as a pain-management tool for players

  1. Gonna need to be legalized everywhere soon if we are going to survive 4 years of trump until the two parties can come up with an actual real presidential candidate.

  2. I would like to sign up for the fan portion of the study.

    Due to the quality of some games, I find myself using copious amounts of “tree” to manage my pain.

    Let me know how I can help.

    Carry on.

    Go Raiders

  3. The thing that will be interesting down the road, unlike alcohol, could players be high while practicing and playing in games….will it be like taking Advil?

  4. “NFLPA will study how to make money on marijuana as a pain management tool for players.”

    There. Fixed it.

  5. I can just see the leaders of the NFLPA studying “testing” marijuana as a pain management tool for players.

    A dark smokey room, enough drink to drown a small elephant and a bad movie playing on the big screen.

  6. I’m sure the owners are already looking into setting up dispensaries in the states that it is legal.

  7. You have to be joking. The NFL is already on a slippery slope, whoever thinks this is a good idea must already be high.

    And I am so embarrassed some of you elected Trump.

  8. A step in the right direction…finally. Five more NFL teams will now play in states who’ve approved the use of recreational and/or medical MJ. I live in CO and we and WA were the first two states who made the move. It’s only a matter of time before the NFL finally realizes MJ can play a key role in pain and/or concussion management. And that’s no smoke!

  9. .
    if they arent going to get rid of England games and thursday games…

    then they need to add a Marijuana game.
    Might have to make it only 2 quarters though from the slower game play. lol

  10. I have never seen such craziness about a mild, healing plant. It’s quite obvious that it is a much better alternative than opioid based drugs

  11. .
    When the prohibition against liquor ended in the 1930’s, it left thousands of federal agents on the street without work. Their solution was to manufacture a problem with Mexicans smoking weed in Texas. Then, form the DEA to wage a ” war on drugs”. The rest is history.

    Liquor prohibition was an abject failure then. Our moronic drug policies are failing now. Are you getting your money’s worth from the prosecution of substance users? Do you want your tax dollars used to arrest, try and jail someone for smoking a number? What exactly is society gaining by creating a nation of pseudo felons living behind bars on the public dole?
    .

  12. jackedupboonie says:
    Nov 9, 2016 7:32 PM
    The thing that will be interesting down the road, unlike alcohol, could players be high while practicing and playing in games….
    __________________

    What makes you think they aren’t now? Unless they are in the program the NFL’s system is nothing to beat

  13. Geesh, get real! The players have been doing that study for years!! Just give it to them and be done with it!!! Put it right next to the bench and hire more scantily dressed cheerleaders to light it for them……

  14. So weed is soon going to be legal in every state and to think that there have been thousands, if not millions of people locked up at the taxpayer’s expense for “crimes” related to weed. Yeah we’re a free country.

  15. if they arent going to get rid of England games and thursday games…

    then they need to add a Marijuana game.
    Might have to make it only 2 quarters though from the slower game play. lol

    —————————————————————————

    Wait until they extend the season to 18 games and all the playoff teams are resting their starters by week 16.*dons bong gas mask* would you like to play a game?

  16. Then name one player not in pain. Just one. Even the kicker gets hit. Eventually they will all be smoking it as a remedy. What they need to do is a study to see if marijuana interferes with mental functions and make the players general slower and stupider with kush in their system. Just saying, I don’t care one way or the other in how they decide.

  17. Get Real People. Opiates or THC?

    The choice is easy Roger. Pull your head out of your tail.

    Opiates are a one way street. THC is a natural healer.

  18. I got a bad concussion a few years ago (airbag at high speed) and weed was invaluable as a non-toxic stress reducer. A symptom of my brain injury was redlined anxiety, another was depression. Weed helps a lot with anxiety and exercise helps a lot with depression and weed helps a lot with exercise and so on. An extremely beneficial drug for brain injury recovery in my experience.

    I also use it for baseline pain suppression (as an edible) and just plain recreationally for fun. As it happens it’s great for that too.

    In Oregon we can grow 4 plants so it’s virtually free. Cali will allow 6 plants I believe. This is how it should be. Be sure that any legalization measure you vote for allows this! In Washington state they whiffed on that part of it. They cannot grow their own. It’s tragic. I might need to stroll out to the man cave and torch a bowl of Oregon’s Finest in empathy.

  19. I would be very happy if you could send a few ounces over to the Cowboys facility so we could get some Beta testing taken care of to make sure all of my players are happy with the strains.

  20. tonebones says:
    Nov 9, 2016 8:45 PM
    So weed is soon going to be legal in every state and to think that there have been thousands, if not millions of people locked up at the taxpayer’s expense for “crimes” related to weed. Yeah we’re a free country.

    _________________________________________

    You are missing the point. It was (and still is in most states) a law and they broke it by smoking pot.
    Our country is set up so that law makers make the laws. If we don’t like the laws they set up, we voice our opinions through voting to get them changed. But we must obey the laws until they are changed or done away with. Otherwise, you don’t have any structure.
    So, those who broke the laws against having pot were rightly arrested and given jail time.
    If the laws are changed now, it doesn’t mean they were unjustly dealt with.

  21. What’s to study. More studies have been done and results are there. It’s already being used for medical reasons. Time to get on the weed bus NFL. This coming from a non weed user. Pain pills more addictive.

  22. There’s nothing to study: just ask the players. Most of them have been doing it for years for a reason, and it’s not all about getting high.

  23. mmack66 says:
    Nov 9, 2016 8:05 PM

    Some of you bozos need to educate yourselves regarding medical marijuana.
    _____
    Exactly!

    And while you bozos are educating yourselves about the substance, please take note that there are PLENTY of ways to use it that don’t involve smoking it. Smoking is harmful, regardless of what substance is being smoked. You can use this in numerous ways.

    Like I have said many times, legalize all of it. Why are there gangs? To establish drug-dealing territory. Legalize the drugs and the need for gang territory goes away. We have already seen how outlawing 1 drug (alcohol) was a failure. It is not the role of the government to tell the citizens, “you can get addicted to these substances, but not these others.” If you want to destroy yourself, your family, and your well-being with any drug, that’s a choice for you to make. Just stay the hell off the highway or anywhere else where you might endanger others.

  24. NLFPA –

    I have been “studying” the medicinal benefits of marijuana for roughly 18 years, now.

    Simply mail a check to [redacted] at [redacted address] and I will share my findings with you.

    TLDR – Weed is by our side; it’s always been there!

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