Players and Doctors Call for NFL to Reconsider Marijuana Stance

Article by Nadia Kounang, CNN

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More than half of US states allow for medical marijuana, and several states and the District of Columbia have legalized its recreational use. Yet the use of marijuana in America’s most popular professional sports league remains controversial. It’s on the National Football League’s banned substances list, but more and more players are calling for the league to reconsider its stance. “I’m concerned about my health. I’m going on year seven playing in the NFL, and I think we need to know what the options are when it comes to taking care of our bodies,” said Derrick Morgan, a linebacker with the Tennessee Titans. Morgan is the only current NFL player who has spoken out against the league’s marijuana policy. He and eight former players co-signed a letter with Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, provided to CNN first, calling on the NFL to change its position. The letter says, “cannabis deserves the serious attention of your medical staff as a viable pain management alternative and potential neuroprotectant.”

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