Every year it seems that there are inevitably a few players within the NFL who find themselves on the wrong end of a situation involving their careers, marijuana, and drug testing.
Now the the plant has been decriminalized in one form or another in a majority of U.S. states, perceptions about wacky tobacc-y are changing rapidly. Weed’s medicinal use has become mainstream healthcare in many locales, while still maintaining its fair share of punchlines. Real progressive is being made with compounds produced by the plant that can greatly enhance the lives of those Americans who suffer from anxiety, depression, addiction, epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, and much more.
In reality, many of the compounds being utilized medicinally won’t even give you that Cheech and Chong-style buzz either. Instead, parts of the plants that contain little to no THC are being administered to patients within states that allow medical marijuana.
It is this reality that has NFL team owner Jerry Jones thinking long and hard about the league’s marijuana policy.
“Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, called for the NFL to end its ban on marijuana at an owners-only meeting this past week.
“Reported by NBC Sports, according a source who heard Jones’ comments, Jones asked that the league consider dropping its prohibition on marijuana consumption by players. He was then told that in order for this to happen, negotiations must take place between the league and the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA) because the matter falls under the collective bargaining agreement. This would likely mean that the issue would need to be initiated by the players, and that they would have to make concessions on other issues in order to remove the prohibition.
“A number of players have been suspended over the years due to their marijuana consumption, including star running-backs Ricky Williams, who is retired, and Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as promising wide-receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns, who also played at Baylor.”
Attitudes toward marijuana have changed dramatically in recent years, with the plant’s medical use coming to the forefront, and research into the failures of the American war on drugs have shown that mandatory minimum sentencing of non-violent drug offenders may be doing more harm than good.
In states with fully legalized weed, such as Colorado, a massive economic boost has been occurring as well, with pot tourism leading the way. In Colorado’s first year with legalized marijuana, the state ended up with an enormous tax surplus, due entirely to the sale of marijuana.