The National Football League seems to be in the midst of their own Cannabis evolution. As of last Wednesday, an NBC Sports report stated that the NFL is preparing to make major compromises in regards to its current Marijuana policy and how it overlaps with player substance abuse. This is colossal news, as they approach the next collective bargaining agreement with players. Sports analysts alike, expect the NFL to not only eliminate Cannabis from its substance policy but to also use it as a bargaining chip in future negotiations with the players union. What privileges they hope to receive in return remain unknown to us at this time.
These reports roused a response from the Dallas Cowboys’ David Irving, who is currently on a league suspension. “Well once they do that, give me a call,” Irving replied. “Cuz it’s bullshit how I have Xanax bars n hydros right next to me to take, given to me by the NFL of course. However, we can’t smoke the same weed the staff itself smokes.” The public also fears that these changes could cause turmoil and strife between free agents who sign exclusively with teams in states with legal pot. After Irving was suspended by the NFL for the third time he took to Instagram and said via video “Basically guys, I quit. They wanna talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I’m outta there. I’m not doing this shit no more.”
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Kyle Turley, a former NFL offensive lineman also commented on the public rumors, telling High Times that the league is “considering including Cannabis as an alternative to other more dangerous pain killers in their research programs.” Kyle is a major advocate and the founder of a CBD supplement line of products, geared towards athletic support. “I have talked to Allen Sills the Chief Medical Officer of the NFL directly and he said he knows of its efficacy and said he is doing what he can to push it forward,” Turley said.
We have others confirming the rumours to be true. One of the major sources being the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell himself. Back in January Goodell went on the record while speaking to the NFL Players Association about Cannabis, and said: “they were looking into the issue”. The data seems to be clear across the board, as many medical advisors are constantly looking into the data and science around Cannabis. The union and the NFL seem to be working closely on studying the data to make a myriad of recommendations on its future use for players. Goodell has been reluctant to allow players to use Cannabis in the past and has always been vocal in attesting it. “Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say,” Goodell said. “It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term.”
Although this news is beginning to look less like hysteria filled rumors, the league is still very strict when it comes to the substance and have a long path of research to continue. Only recently have they suspended players such as Josh Gorden, Randy Gregory and many others who were given multiple chances to comply after violations.
We are excited to see how the NFL’s Marijuana policy progresses and for players to have the opportunity to receive more alternatives for pain resolution other than the standard opioid prescriptions. A new policy could ultimately give suspended players a second chance to get back in the league.
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