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Roger Goodell feels Marijuana has an addictive nature

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NFL and Marijuana might not have a relationship after all

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may be willing to consider allowing players to use marijuana for medical reasons, but he remains against the banned drug for recreational use. He said in a radio interview with Mike and Mike that he believes marijuana has an “addictive nature” and likely won’t be cleared by the National Football League as a pain-relief alternative.

“I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use,” Goodell said. “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say.

“It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered.”

Goodell said the long-term effects of the drug are not yet known.

“It’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game,” he said.

“We really want to help our players in that circumstance but I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren’t something that is something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.”

“We look at it from a medical standpoint,” Goodell said. “So if people feel that it has a medical benefit, the medical advisers have to tell you that. We have joint advisers, we also have independent advisers, both the NFLPA (Players Association) and the NFL, and we’ll sit down and talk about that.

“To date, they haven’t said this is a change we think you should make that’s in the best interests of the health and safety of our players.”

Over 91 percent of current and former NFL players have had oxycodone and/or hydrocodone injected in their bodies or consumed, but did you know they recently did a study on medical marijuana?

The 38-page survey of 152 National Football League players was conducted under the leadership of CEO Brad McLaughlin, who created the questionnaire with the help of a panel of experts, including doctors specializing in pain management and drug counseling. BudTrader, an online medical marijuana marketplace, aimed the study at uncovering problems the league has with prescription, chemical painkillers.

The survey found 89 percent of players believe that medical marijuana could be used effectively to treat pain and 87 percent say they believe the NFL should allow safe access to medical marijuana as a treatment option for players in states where it’s legalized.

I want to know what you think? Do you think Roger Goodell needs to look into the matter more?



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