NFL And Players' Union Looking At Marijuana For Pain

NFL Reportedly Writes NFLPA with Offer to Study Marijuana for Pain Management

NFL Reportedly Writes NFLPA with Offer to Study Marijuana for Pain Management

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have been conducting studies to determine the effects of marijuana as a tool for pain management and ex-players have been very vocal about its effectiveness. But for how much longer?

The NFL appears to be wavering on its stance toward marijuana, offering to work with the NFL Players Association to study the potential benefits of marijuana in managing pain for the league's players, according to a report from the Washington Post.

The policy is built around the expectation that players are using marijuana recreationally, and commissioner Roger Goodell has shared some archaic and incorrect perspectives about the possibility of addiction to marijuana, too.

The research comes as it was revealed in a recent study of 111 deceased National Football League players that all but one had the neurodegenerative brain disease C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

SB Nation reached out to the NFLPA for comment, but the association did not immediately respond.

"I do think that issues of addressing it more in a treatment and less punitive measure is appropriate", Smith said at the time.

"I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use. And I think it's important to not simply assume recreation is the reason it's being used". In 2014, the union decided to make a change, increasing the threshold for what would result in a positive test result.

A level of 35 nanograms per milliliter counts as a positive test, up from 15 nanograms before the change was instituted in 2014.

Last year, a player was suspended for using weed to cope with Crohn's disease all because marijuana falls under the league's controlled substance policy, with no exceptions for medical use.

Stephen Jones, a Dallas Cowboys executive and a son of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, said last weekend at the team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., that it is hard to determine whether such issues should be bargained separately or negotiated only within the context of a potential CBA extension. "That will be one of the subjects in the collective bargaining process, which we'd like to get into sooner rather than later". Players and fans alike can only root for the study to come up with the same results and grant players the freedom to medicate and feel better.

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