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NFL Players Look to Amend Marijuana Policies

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In the last few years, not only have we seen public opinion increase for the legalization of cannabis but also in the area for cannabis as medicine  One area that has been of interest to the public has been the use of medical cannabis for sports related injuries and conditions, particularly in the NFL.

This has spanned across several different types of sports, but players such as Eugene Monroe and Ricky Williams who have been particularly outspoken have definitely made eyebrows raise especially towards the National Football League (NFL).

Even organizations like The Gridiron Cannabis Coalition (GCC), which is dedicated to the advancement of medical marijuana in the modern age, have popped up to support this area of activism. With NFL players being plagued with multiple ailments and diseases, the GCC is determined to resolve this issue of allowing players the option of an organic treatment for injury and illness through Cannabis.

Most recently, though, leaders of the NFL Players Association are preparing a proposal that would amend the sport’s drug policies to take a “less punitive” approach to dealing with recreational marijuana use by players, according to the union’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith.

The proposal will be presented to union’s board of player representatives, Smith said Tuesday. If it is approved by those players, Smith said, the proposal will be made to the league. The NFL would have to agree to any changes to the drug policy, which is negotiated and jointly administered by the league and players’ union.

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.

Read more from the Washington Post here.

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Leah Maurer is the happily married mom of 3 young boys in Portland, Oregon. She is a co-owner of The Weed Blog and contributes regularly to the site. Leah also serves as the Branding and Outreach Manager for Yerba Buena Farms, the first recreational licensed cannabis cultivation farm in Oregon. A cannabis legalization activist, she hopes to see the prohibition of cannabis end on a federal level, and to see the cannabis conversation normalized across America.

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