Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has a lot on his mind as he prepares his team for Super Bowl XLVIII and tries to figure out a way to slow down Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, but he was asked his opinion in medicinal marijuana in the wake of commissioner Roger Goodell’s.
“I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible,” Carroll said at a news conference Monday following his team’s first practice of Super Bowl week. “Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this.”
Goodell said the NFL could look into the possibility of treating concussions with medicinal marijuana is it proved to be an effective form of treatment.
“We will follow medicine, and if they determine this could be a proper usage in any context, we will consider that,” he said at a news conference last week in New York. “Our medical experts are not saying that right now.”
Medicinal marijuana is legal in 20 states and is legal for recreational use in both Washington and Denver, the home to both Super Bowl teams.
If doctors deem marijuana to be an effective form of treatment for concussions as it has been for other maladies, then the NFL absolutely should forget about any such stigma over marijuana use and help their players in any way possible.