While addressing the media on Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked once again if he’d consider allowing medical marijuana to be used by players.
Based on his response, I wouldn’t hold my breath:
This has been something that has been asked several times and I’ll try to be as clear as I possibly can. It is still an illegal substance on a national basis. It’s something that’s part of our collective bargaining agreement with our players. It is questionable with respect to the positive impact but there is certainly some very strong evidence to the negative impacts, including addiction and other issues (Reuters).
Goodell did say, however, that he would be open to the possibility if the science could back it up:
We’ll continue to follow the medicine. Our experts right now are not indicating we should change our policy in any way, we are not actively considering that at this point and time. But if it does down the road some time, that’s something we would never take off the table if we could benefit our players at the end of the day.
Man, if only there was, like, a glut of medical research indicating medical marijuana is both safe and effective. Someone should get on that.