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NFL commissioner open to medical cannabis for players?

What do the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins and, of course, the Denver Broncos all have in common? They are NFL teams based in states (and a district) where medical marijuana is legal. Currently, NFL policy doesn't allow players on those teams to use the herb to help their ailments, though.

But could that be changing? When asked about medical pot use for athletes this week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodel told ESPN that he isn't going to write off cannabis as a therapy but shied away from outright approving of the plant.

"I don't know what's going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries, but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine."

http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2014/01/nfl_commissioner_open_to_medical_cannabis_for_players.php
if Tom Brady tells goodell he needs it then it will be approved.
Originally posted by 49erfeeeever808:
if Tom Brady tells goodell he needs it then it will be approved.

It would sure help Mannings pizza sales
I do not believe they could, other players would have a competitive balance claim.
Originally posted by Ronnie49Lott:
It would sure help Mannings pizza sales

i know what im doing sunday.....
Marajuwana is a gateway drug
Originally posted by jdt84_2:
I do not believe they could, other players would have a competitive balance claim.

lolwut

not sure if you're being sarcastic...but what do you think is gonna happen, they are gonna spark up blunts in the locker room before a game?

and also, most nfl players have smoked weed. and im sure they will tell you from first hand experiences it doesnt give you a competitive edge lmao.
[ Edited by TheG0RE49er on Jan 16, 2014 at 8:41 AM ]
Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Marajuwana is a gateway drug

the gateway to Taco Bell.
Originally posted by 49erfeeeever808:
Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Marajuwana is a gateway drug

the gateway to Taco Bell.

lol this.
  • NONAME
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This is a great thing. Way better for pain management than drugs like vicodin
Originally posted by NONAME:
This is a great thing. Way better for pain management than drugs like vicodin

Just a matter of time before you see "Medijuana" commercials during the game along with Viagra and Tums
[ Edited by Ronnie49Lott on Jan 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM ]
  • BobS
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Originally posted by NONAME:
This is a great thing. Way better for pain management than drugs like vicodin
Based on what? If you got stoned enough to kill an annoying pain I doubt you would have enough energy to accomplish much. Also the few pot smokers I know say they suffer from a hangover effect the next day. I have taken Vicodin on and off for back pain for decades and I actually have more energy (probably because it dulls the pain) than when I am not taking it. If I smoked enough pot to dull the pain I would probably be on the couch all day watching TV. With an athlete you want something that will dull the pain while not effecting energy level or reflexes, pot definitely doesn't fit that scenario.
Originally posted by TheG0RE49er:
Originally posted by jdt84_2:
I do not believe they could, other players would have a competitive balance claim.

lolwut

not sure if you're being sarcastic...but what do you think is gonna happen, they are gonna spark up blunts in the locker room before a game?

and also, most nfl players have smoked weed. and im sure they will tell you from first hand experiences it doesnt give you a competitive edge lmao.


Competitive balance.

When Monday morning comes around and the California player can light up but the Texas player can not. Whether MJ would help or not matters little, it can easily give the mental edge if you think it is helping.
[ Edited by jdt84_2 on Jan 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM ]
Originally posted by BobS:
Based on what? If you got stoned enough to kill an annoying pain I doubt you would have enough energy to accomplish much. Also the few pot smokers I know say they suffer from a hangover effect the next day. I have taken Vicodin on and off for back pain for decades and I actually have more energy (probably because it dulls the pain) than when I am not taking it. If I smoked enough pot to dull the pain I would probably be on the couch all day watching TV. With an athlete you want something that will dull the pain while not effecting energy level or reflexes, pot definitely doesn't fit that scenario.

You realize that just like you have a different response to Vicodin than other people, that other people might respond differently to marijuana than you?
Originally posted by NONAME:
This is a great thing. Way better for pain management than drugs like vicodin

This. It's also nowhere near as addictive as opiate pain killers.