On May 2, 2017, sports reporter Bob Ley, host of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” interviewed DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association, on multiple issues in the NFL, including marijuana policy.
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In the face of mounting pressure for the National Football League to revise its policy on marijuana use, commissioner Roger Goodell continues to double down on the league’s anti-marijuana stance.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones urged owners to end the league’s prohibition on marijuana and cease investigating players independently of the criminal justice system for off-field conduct.
Just a few days from the Super Bowl, former NFL players attend the Cannabis in Professional Sports event at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX.
The proposal to modify the manner in which the league deals with recreational marijuana use would, if it is delivered, come as the NFLPA’s recently formed pain management committee separately studies the issue of marijuana use by players as a pain management tool and whether that should be permissible under the drug policies.
Doctors For Cannabis Regulation has written an open letter to the National Football League encouraging the sports organization to rethink its ban on marijuana. The letter reads in part, “cannabis deserves the serious attention of your medical staff as a viable pain management alternative and potential neuroprotectant.”
Thirteen months ago, shortly after marijuana had been legalized in Colorado and Washington, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said there were no plans to change the league’s stance on the drug anytime soon.
Enough with the NFL’s Reefer Madness already. It needs to stop.