Goodell: Medical people will take the lead on marijuana

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says allowing players to use medical marijuana will be decided by doctors.

Goodell said today that plans to study marijuana as a pain management tool are part of an effort by the league to ensure that players have access to the best and healthiest pain medicine available.

“It’s much broader than that,” he said. “There are a lot of alternative pain medications and treatments and those are the types of things that we want this committee to focus on, with medical experts and with medical science behind that. Of course they will look at one of those is, what role medical marijuana can have in that. That’s something that will be part of there studies, but it is much broader than that.”

Marijuana is currently banned in the NFL, even if a player is using it under the supervision of a doctor and even in states where it is legal.

15 responses to “Goodell: Medical people will take the lead on marijuana

  1. Dude, let’s be real.
    I just wanna get high.
    And I don’t want you crowding me about it.

  2. It’s not decided by doctors in the law of the land, it’s decided by elected officials with deep financial ties to pharmaceutical and law enforcement bodies. The NFL will similarly side with whatever keeps the most money in their pockets.

  3. Corporate doctors backed by pharmaceutical companies who use their patients as guinea pigs? Or real medical doctors who actually have compassion for their patients, Goodell?

  4. Its an outdated rule that needs to be changed.
    And it should be in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to at LEAST let players smoke at their leisure during the offseason – make it a rule that say’s “you can’t smoke during OTA’s & the during the NFL season.

  5. Hasn’t the medical professionals already weighed in on this by prescribing it for chronic pain in the majority of the US’s states?

    Seems like the only hold up on the overall legalization of marijuana are stodgy old republicans like Goodell.

  6. I would think it would also depend on the legal use in each state. I doubt the NFL would okay marijuana use by its players if it weren’t legal. Would they?

  7. I’m surprised by the number of people in this debate that seem to want Goodell to just let the players smoke all the weed they want right now.

    Really?

    In this league where everything is collectively bargained you think the league is just going to give the players that?

  8. It is not federally legal in any state. Until that changes I would slow down on drugging up the NFL players with illegal substances.

  9. While I enjoy a good smoke quite often, I don’t buy this whole “pain management” thing. Players want to get high and not be punished for it, period. Sure it might help a little with chronic pain, but so do a couple Advil.

  10. udub says:
    May 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    I’m surprised by the number of people in this debate that seem to want Goodell to just let the players smoke all the weed they want right now.

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  11. I just don’t get the whole “run to the medical claims now” for pot. We all know what it’s for. People smoke it, get silly, and eat too much. Less than zero desire for that mess or to smell it in public. Want to do it yourself? Meh, I don’t care. Your body. But to argue it for pain management…..yeah….100% of them are going to do it.

  12. DolFan says:
    May 22, 2019 at 2:19 pm
    It is not federally legal in any state. Until that changes I would slow down on drugging up the NFL players with illegal substances.
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    There is a difference between the NFL stopping to test for it versus prescribing it (which is legal in 46 states) like they are currently doing with opiates.

  13. Until the Feds get off their rears and take cannabis off the stupid schedule 1 list, it doesn’t matter. Everyone is too scared, except brave states like my Colorado and native Michigan. The NFL is in a position to actually forward the progress in cannabis use for pain mgmt that would benefit everyone. As usual it’s in the hands of the govt and big business.

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