Here at Roottie, we have reported multiple times about topics related to the National Football League and cannabis. We’re excited to announce that our hopes that the NFL will reconsider their cannabis policies may become a reality.
NBC Sports reported the following, “The NFL is prepared to make major concessions regarding their substance abuse apology, especially as it relates to marijuana.”
These concessions are expected to take place during the next collective bargaining agreement with players. Many analysts believe that the NFL will utilize this as a bargaining factor during negotiations with players. While little details are known, chances are, the NFL could lift their ban on cannabis entirely. However, only time will tell.
What Must Happen
Certain things would need to happen for the NFL to completely remove cannabis from its list of banned substances. There would still need to be repercussions in place for players. Specifically for players that face cannabis charges in states where it’s still illegal. This would ensure that the players are abiding by local laws and not just the policies put forth by the NFL. Removing cannabis from its list of banned substances would allow many NFL players to choose a natural option for pain relief.
Additionally, it could drastically reduce the effect that the opioid epidemic is having upon professional athletes in the league. A report published by ESPN in 2016 found that roughly 61% of players would choose to utilize cannabis rather than drugs such as Toradol. Lifting the ban on cannabis within the league would not only put their policies in line with that of states that have chosen to allow access to cannabis, but it would also provide a level playing field for cannabis consumption throughout the NFL.
As it stands today, the ban on cannabis in the league directly affects players. However, it does not apply to everyone else involved in the organization. As David Irving of the Dallas Cowboys stated the following in regard.
“It’s bulls – how I have Xanax bars and hydros right next to me to take, given to me by the NFL of course. However, we can’t smoke the same weed the staff itself smokes.”
We agree David, that’s some straight-up hypocritical bullshit. There have been countless current and retired players that have come out of the cannabis closet in support of cannabis as a natural alternative to potentially deadly pharmaceuticals. Ones that so many have to turn to during their career and also in retirement.
The NFL Could Lead the Way
The league making a significant change to their cannabis policy could also set the ball in motion for other major sports leagues to follow in their footsteps. Cannabis is becoming the norm once again, and it’s time that sports organizations wake up and get with the times and offer the option for players to have access to a healthier safer alternative.