NFL Wants to Work With Players’ Union on Marijuana Research

The National Football League (NFL) has a major pain issue on its hands that can’t be solved with opioids.

Though the NFL has been hesitant to adapt to changing marijuana laws in the past, outside pressure may finally be taking a toll on the notoriously stubborn conglomerate and forcing its hand. Between the league’s reliance on dangerously addictive prescription painkillers and its unreasonably harsh penalties for players who use cannabis, either medicinally or recreationally, the most popular sports entity in America has a significant amount of progress to make on cannabis.

When we asked NFL great Ricky Williams last year how different his career may have looked if the league had taken a more open minded approach to marijuana, he said, “Authorized use of marijuana would have changed my career drastically. I would not have had to miss two seasons in the middle of my career and I would probably be heading into the Hall of Fame this year. Most importantly, I would be better known for my play on the field and less for my indiscretions off the field. If I had stopped using marijuana, I would add that I would have been forced to rely on the prescription painkillers…

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