NFL Commissioner open to medical marijuana for players

Roger Goodell

Dec 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; NFL commissioner Roger S. Goodell prior to game between the New York Giants and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he is open to the idea of permitting medical marijuana for players, when allowed by law.

Speaking to ESPN last month

“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,”

Goodell became the second prominent leader to express support for at least studying the issue, following a reversal from Andrew Cuomo, Democratic Governor of New York, who said he’d tolerate a limited program permitting 20 hospitals in the state to distribute the drug.

There is increased relevance for those playing for the Seahawks and Broncos, since both their home states now allow recreational marijuana.

“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,”

Goodell’s stance is a departure from previously stated league policy, with NFL spokesman Greg Aiello telling CBS Sports in November 2012

 The NFL’s policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades, Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program.

Since the CBA only prohibits the use of illegal drugs, the option is open to Broncos and Patriots players preparing from the AFC Championship game at Mile High Stadium.

 

Topics: Medical Marijuana, Roger Goodell

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