Should the NFL Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Twenty-eight states have already legalized medical marijuana, but the country’s leading entertainment still has a ban on weed even though studies have proven that medical marijuana has been able to heal and relieve pain.  It could even help prevent concussions and CTE.  Finally, alcohol has been proven to be worse for you than weed.

So, why doesn’t the NFL legalize this helpful drug?  Well, on February 5, 2016, Roger Goodell stated, “It’s an NFL policy and we believe it’s the correct policy, for now, in the best interest of our players and the long-term health of our players.”  If this statement is true, that pot is detrimental to the long-term health of people, then it seems reasonable to keep the ban on weed.  But, his statement is false.  What is destructive to long-term health, as well as short-term health, is playing football.

The NFL is arguably the most physical and contact-filled sport, and in order to cope with injuries players currently uses powerful addictive opioids as painkillers.  These drugs have created many problems for retired players including Kyle Turley, who said that he became addicted to, “Vicodin, Flexeril, Percocets, Vioxx, Morphine,” that were given to him as a player.  The prescription drugs led to his depression and suicidal thoughts.  These feelings did not cease  until he stopped taking the drugs and began consuming marijuana did he begin to feel better.  Weed probably saved his life from suicide and possibly even the lives of the people around Turley.

After the election, eight states legalized the use of medicinal weed, and in response, some former NFL players are petitioning the league for pot to be used as a painkiller.  The painkillers that the NFL administers to their players are extremely unhealthy and often overdosed, so it is very important to find a solution.  Right now,  whether you like it or not, the answer is marijuana.  In the NFL, the team will do whatever they can to keep their players on the field even if it means malpractice from the team doctors.  The organization is the most and popular form of entertainment (not including the 2016 Presidential Election/Debates), and if there is a constant absence of popular players, the NFL’s TV ratings would go down.

“They (team doctors) were giving them (painkillers) out like candy.  If you were hurting you could get’em,” Calvin Johnson stated in an E:60 interview.  The NFL will do anything to get their players back on the field, even if it means crippling them.  The “candy” that is administered by the doctors does much more harm than good, compared to marijuana, which has been proven to help cure and treat many diseases effectively.

To sum it all up, I strongly believe weed should be legalized in the NFL as a medicine.  Leading medical researchers such as John Hopkins have proved the benefits of medical marijuana, and because football is extremely physical, players need all the help they can get without increasing their already high risk of disease and pain in retirement.  Therefore, Roger Goodell should address this controversial issue and carefully examine the benefits of medicinal marijuana.

Watch my commentary on this article here: Should The NFL Legalize Medical Marijuana

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