NFL may be warming to idea of studying potential medicinal benefits of marijuana

By Ryan Kartje In February, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked during the week of Super Bowl 50 about the league’s marijuana policy. Across the country, states were legalizing marijuana use in increasing numbers, and former NFL players were increasingly pushing for the league to reconsider marijuana’s potential to relieve the chronic pain inherent with such a brutal game. But, in spite of those societal changes and the pleas of former players, the commissioner maintained the party line. The league’s drug policy, he said, was still in “the best interest of our players.” When asked in November for an update on the league’s stance, an NFL spokesperson had little to add. Goodell did acknowledge that day that the league was aware of scientific developments in marijuana research. But for the…
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