Cannabis In The NFL

Cannabis In The NFL

Major league sports aren’t exempt from drug use. But most players involved in heavy contact sports such as football usually aren’t using marijuana. Instead, it is found that a lot of these players have issues with painkillers and prescribed drugs. Since they are always getting hit so hard, players need something to take that terrible edge off. After broken bones and concussions, the doctors really can’t give the players any other option. The players are taking matters in to their own hands in order to avoid the inevitable road to addiction that most of them end up suffering from. The players are turning to cannabis.

Even though the NFL drug tests the players and still considers marijuana to be illegal, more and more players are testing positive for the plant. Players that haven’t even gotten drafted yet are testing positive for cannabis and the NFL is at a loss. By preventing the players from using cannabis, they are hurting themselves by keeping talented athletes off of the field. In the 2015 draft, one player tested positive for cannabis in a drug test and another from a different state was charged with possession of marijuana. After these two incidents, an NFL general manager stated that there is probably a good 30% of players using marijuana even though they’re not supposed to.

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The NFL tests their players once a year, around April 20th go figure. So the players have a time frame in place to try and beat the drug test system. They have virtually all year to smoke and do whatever other substances they feel like ingesting. But marijuana is something that the players are using to cope with the stress of the career that they’ve chosen. Rather than take Percocet or Oxycontin, the players are beginning to take the medical effects of marijuana seriously.

Marijuana is questionable when it comes to sports. Some people believe that those players that smoke weed actually have an advantage over others. While simultaneously, there are others who claim that it’s a hinderance on performance. Whether it not it helps or halts the talent of a player, there’s no reason there should be such a hefty penalty for these players using cannabis. Even though it’s just a few games suspension, these players legitimately put their health on the line to amuse us. If they want to smoke, let them.

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The NFL has recently been torn over the good old subject of Mary Jane. Since there are states that now say that the plant is not illegal, people are beginning to speak up against the fact that players can lose their contracts over a little bit of THC. There are players dropping left and right because of the league’s strict laws. It’s about time that the players begin to speak up for themselves and put up a fight for their right to smoke cannabis, whether it’s recreational or medicinal.

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Ryan Clark, a player on the Pittsburgh Steelers, spoke about NFL marijuana use on ESPN’s show “First Take”. Clark stated that while he doesn’t indulge in marijuana, he would be a fool to think that his fellow players didn’t. Setting aside the fact that both Colorado and Washington deem marijuana as legal (the NFL regulations state that the players aren’t allowed to use illegal drugs), players could benefit hugely from using the plant. The interview with Clark went on to speak about the use of opiates and pain medication, with him saying that the players would rather use the plant and risk the consequences of that before using pain killers like Vicodin and opiates. Since drugs such as those have such a high addiction rate, it seems pretty logical to replace them with something less harmful.

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Marijuana is a natural way for players to relieve stress as well as manage pain. Concussions, broken bones, and torn muscles are only the beginning for these athletes. They deal with constant fatigue and strain. Ingesting marijuana can help with the pain, keep addiction rate low, and keep the players relaxed in their down time, leaving them to save their energy for game day. There are even coaches that are on board with marijuana use in the NFL. Coach Pete Carroll, who heads the Super Bowl champions, said that he agreed with the league’s proposal to investigate the benefits of medical marijuana for the team players.

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Players definitely deserve to be able to take the same medicine as citizens. Marijuana isn’t a performance enhancing drug, therefore should be available for the players to use. As said above, the injuries sustained are sometimes quite severe and marijuana can help players avoid the downfall of addiction to hard drugs. While Commissioner Roger Goodell kind of brushes off the possibility of removing marijuana from the banned substance list, the future of marijuana and cannabis looks pretty bright.

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Stoner Blog; Marijuana In The NFL

Marijuana in sports has been a long time controversy. There are the people who believe that athletes shouldn’t be able to smoke at all, seeing as how marijuana is a dangerous drug and all. And then there are the people who don’t see the harm in letting these hard training, pain enduring people enjoy some comfort when they’re off the field/court/etc.

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Of course, with football being one of the leading sports to watch in America, it has been a huge debate on whether or not the players should be tested for THC and, if so, what the consequences should be. Just the thought of football is enough to make some people’s brains rattle and their bones hurt. These guys weigh upwards of 200 pounds and proceed to throw that weight around like tanks, knocking their opponents to the ground, sometimes permanently. Recently, the NFL has released information that they’ve been leaning towards legalizing medical marijuana for players with a doctors recommendation.

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The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested that the popular sports league is looking in to allowing players who live in legal states to continue the use of their medicine. This makes sense, as a lot of states are now beginning to jump on the medical bandwagon in the wake of the Colorado/Washington legalization. Even though such steps have been made at a state level, the NFL still drug tests its players for THC. According to the rules set forth regarding the NFL (also known as the collective bargaining agreement), ILLEGAL marijuana use is banned. Unfortunately for the NFL, this leaves a large loophole, seeing as how marijuana isn’t illegal in every state anymore. If a player is told by their doctor that they can ingest marijuana, they should be able to without consequence to their career.

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As said above, even the thought of football is enough to make some people cringe. The concussions, broken bones, and constant adrenaline, not to mention strained muscles, are all extremely valid reasons that a player should use medical marijuana. When a doctor recommends a medicine to help improve a person’s well being, there should be no argument about whether or not the patient can take their medicine. Football is extremely dangerous and it is these players specifically that can benefit from marijuana use. Howard Bryant from ESPN stated back in December that the NFL should be the first major sports league to recognize marijuana as a medicine and allow players to use it if needed. “Marijuana is a legitimate pain reliever – especially for migraines which are the by product of head trauma – and is far less dangerous and potentially addictive than, say, OxyContin, it is almost immoral to deny players the right to use it”. Simply put, let players smoke their pot.

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Marijuana is becoming a solid part of society. As the snowball started by Colorado and Washington continues to grow, organizations such as the NFL won’t have a choice but to allow the players to smoke. If marijuana is legal in every state, I’m sure that almost every player will be toking up after the games.

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Even if the NFL doesn’t allow marijuana use within the league, the college students that they draft certainly will be testing out the lax marijuana laws that we’re sure to see in the near future. It looks like the NFL might be rethinking their marijuana policy very soon or risk loosing some of their best prospects during the draft.

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