Former NFL players advocate for medical marijuana in football

Posted by on Oct 28th, 2015

A group of former National Football League players gathered in Phoenix on Tuesday to advocate for permissible use of marijuana in the NFL. Former New Orleans Saints lineman and San Diego All American tackle, Kyle Turley spoke about how cannabis helped treat his chronic pain, head injuries and other ailments caused by the physical and mental stress of playing professional football. “You don’t understand how bad you’re going to be hurting,” said Turley.

Turley says in the world of football, pain pills are popped like candy. After going down a dark road, he turned solely to medical marijuana. And he claims it saved his life. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not ruled out marijuana in the league, but he hasn’t given the go-ahead either.

Goodell says the NFL would consider allowing athletes to use marijuana to treat concussions and other injuries if the league’s medical experts recommend the treatment, according to USA Today.

“I’m not a medical expert. We will obviously follow signs. We will follow medicine and if they determine this could be a proper usage in any context, we will consider that,” Goodell said. “Our medical experts are not saying that right now.”

SOURCE: Suntimes

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