Medical Marijuana and the NFL

Whether you’re a hometown Carolina Panther fan or an outsider who likes the Giants (like myself), medical marijuana has been a hot topic for debate league wide. Players have been outraged by the severity of suspensions with marijuana-related offenses compared to others. For example, players like Josh Gordon have received as lengthy of a suspension for possesion as Ray Rice was charged with domestic violence. Many see this as being unfair as one should receive a longer suspension for physical violence against a spouse than simple possession. Over hundreds of players have been suspended for multiple teams not only hurting teams but hurting economies of cities. Last season Carolina offensive guard Chris Scott was suspended for 4 games due to marijuana possession. This hurt the reigning NFC champions start to the season beginning  1-3 in the first 4 games. Not only was this a disappointment to the team but ticket prices and jersey sales also decreased. This hurt North Carolinas economy overall as a large sum of profit comes from travel on Sundays for football games. These facts outrage players as the feel like they are being treated unfair. Players are especially mad because they feel instead of being punished for using marijuana the league should allow medical usage for players in certain cases. This idea has attracted a lot of media attention and a group of former and current players led by former star

Players are especially mad because they feel instead of being punished for using marijuana the league should allow medical usage for players in certain cases. This idea has attracted a lot of media attention and a group of former and current players led by former star Ricky Williams will hold a conference later in the month in Pittsburgh to discuss the usage of medical marijuana for players in the upcoming seasons. Scientists already have proof for the benefits of marijuana over chronic pain but new research shows evidence of the help of cannabis on post-concussion syndrome symptoms. CBD and other chemical agents help to bind to neuron receptors and prevent neural damage. The benefits of medical marijuana in sports has been well noted by hometown stars for the Carolina panthers and athletes across the globe. Of course, there are those who do not think this is a good idea for athletes as it can affect their performance in the long term. The balance of one’s health and a player’s productivity in the sport is an ongoing battle between players and organizations, and no one will be satisfied until a compromise in made on both sides.

 

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