NFLPA to Propose an Amendment to Marijuana Drug Policy

NFLPA to Propose an Amendment to Marijuana Drug Policy

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Is this a chance to help with pain management and not use opiates?  NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith may think so.

In the excerpt below Smith told the Washington Post that there are reasons other than recreation that players might use cannabis, such as depression and pain management.

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Proposal For A Less Punitive Approach To Cannabis Use In The NFL

The NFL Players Association is coming up with a proposal that would amend the league’s drug policy to take a less punitive approach to the use of cannabis. According to the Washington Post, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said the proposal will be presented first to the NFLPA’s board of representatives, and if approved, will then be presented to the league.

Smith stated to the Post, “I do think that issues of addressing it more in a treatment and less punitive measure is appropriate. I think it’s important to look at whether there are addiction issues, and I think it’s important to not simply assume recreation is the reason it’s being used.”

Cannabis is currently on the list of substances banned by the NFL and players that test positive for it are subject to fines and/or suspensions under the league’s policy of substance abuse. Smith stated in his interview with the Post that there are reasons other than recreation that players might use cannabis, such as depression and pain management.

Smith stated, “We have to do a better job of knowing if our players are suffering from other potentially dangerous psychological issues like depression, right? So if I look at this myopically as just a recreational use of marijuana and miss the fact that we might have players suffering from depression, what have I fixed? Worse yet, you may have solved an issue that gets the steady drumbeat in a newspaper but miss an issue like chronic depression, where a person theoretically might be able to smoke more weed because it makes them feel better but it’s not curing their depression. So to me, as we’re looking at that front end, and it’s been a long process. The reason why I think it’s more complicated than just making a quick decision about recreational use is we look at these things as a macro-issue. And what we try to do is what a union’s supposed to do: improve the health and safety of our players in a business that sometimes can seriously exacerbate existing physical and mental issues.”

Full article below:

http://marijuanastocks.com/proposal-for-a-less-punitive-approach-to-cannabis-use-in-the-nfl/