Roger Goodell would consider allowing medical marijuana if it helps with concussions

Dec 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before the game between the New York Giants and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Head injuries are a huge ordeal in the NFL these days, but the league is constantly researching ways to deal with the growing issue, and on Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke about the potential use of marijuana.

During a panel get together on Thursday to introduce a new brain research grant for the league, Goodell said that if medical experts were to ever confirm that medical marijuana helps with concussions, he would consider allowing the use of it in his league.


Currently, medical marijuana is filed under the banned-substance list for the league, but if Goodell were to be provided definitive proof that it works with traumatic head injuries, he would be ignorant not to explore the possibility of its use.

With the growing number of head injuries in the league these days, any sort of remedy could be transcendent to the sport if it works properly, and how ironic that marijuana–something that has given the league a lot of money in fines–could end up being a saving grace.

Topics: NFL, Roger Goodell

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