8 Players, Doctor Association ask NFL to Reconsider Marijuana Policy
Now that nine states- which amounts to a quarter of the country’s population- has legalized the use of marijuana for personal use, NFL players and doctors are calling for the league to reconsider its stance on the drug.
NFL’s Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse policy doesn’t allow players to use illegal drugs, which includes cannabis, cocaine, opioids, MDMA and PCP.
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation argue in a letter to the NFL that, “within the medical community, cannabis is consistently regarded as less toxic, less addictive and less harmful than many legal drugs like alcohol, tobacco or prescription opioid medications.”
In the letter, doctors say cannabis needs to be considered for pain management options outside of prescription pills. According to a study by JAMA Internal Medicines, states with legal medical marijuana programs have 25 percent lower fatal overdoses on prescription opioid drugs.
“We know cannabis isn’t 100 percent safe, but the meds that doctors administer to players every week is killing people across the country. Cannabis should be explored,” Derrick Morgan, a linebacker with the Tennessee Titans, told CNN.
Morgan is the only current NFL player to co-sign the association’s letter, in addition to retired players like Eben Britton, Nate Jackson, Lance Johnstone, Jim McMahon, Jake Plummer, Kyle Turley and Ricky Williams.
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