NFL Hopes to Work With Players Union on Marijuana Use Study

NFL Hopes to Work With Players Union on Marijuana Use Study

But now, the league says it is interested in working with the NFLPA to study the potential impact of marijuana for pain management, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. Despite the fact that more than half of USA states have decriminalized medical marijuana or made recreational marijuana use legal, sports leagues have been reticent to allow players to use the substance, even if just to medicate for pain.

As a separate issue, the NFLPA is carrying out research that looks particularly at how marijuana use can help players with traumatic brain injuries.

Marijuana has been heralded by some as a preferred option for pain relief among National Football League players than opiates due to the possible perils of opiate addiction.

The NFL now suspends players who test positive for the drug and modified the threshold for a positive test for marijuana. "How do you deal with the fact that some people are using it purely recreationally and pivoting it to ... people who are using it medicinally either as a pain eradicator or a stress-coping mechanism?" The limit for THC in the system was increased from 15 nanograms of THC per liter of blood or urine to up to 35 nanograms as an acceptable quantity before a positive reading was accepted. "Because I've read the literature on both sides", he continued.

"So what we've chose to do is, to the best we can, look at it as related but nonetheless separate issues". "That will be one of the subjects in the collective bargaining process, which we'd like to get into sooner rather than later". They'll have to undergo random tests, and a failed test will result in an automatic suspension. At this time, Jones brought up two player conduct-related issues: the league's cannabis policies and its Goodell-led in-house law enforcement division that acts as judge, jury, and executioner in situations of off-field transgression.

"It's a great question", Jones said. It's not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. The group announced earlier this year that they would like to see an altered drug policy that reflects the changing legal landscape and provides players with safe alternatives for pain treatment. I think some people feel that we're close enough that you should wait and take care of it in one fell swoop when you sit down and bargain with the union.


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