Despite NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spending his offseason to denounce marijuana use, the league’s players association are now working to allow players to use medical cannabis.
In an appearance Tuesday on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, union executive director DeMaurice Smith said the NFLPA plans to discuss the current marijuana policy with league officials.
Smith said the NFLPA wants to pursue a “therapeutic approach” to players testing positive for pot use:
“We intended to present a proposal to the league that has probably more of a therapeutic approach to those who test positive for marijuana. The idea is simply to make sure that we understand whether a player is suffering from something other than just a desire to smoke marijuana. I think all of us would want to have a process where if there was truly a problem, we’re treating the problem instead of just treating a symptom.”
Smith’s stance on marijuana is a harsh contrast to commissioner Goodell, who last week defended the league’s anti-pot policy.
“And it’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game,” Goodell said on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show.