Now first of all this is my site and I do whatever the hell I want so let me start off by saying, I'm not a marijuana person. I did it a few times when I was younger, in college or whatever - didn't like it. I don't knock anyone who does it, loves it, needs it, whatever, to each their own, it's just not for me. That being said, I do also believe that it can and should be used as a natural painkiller. (Sidenote: My mom has severe pain basically 24/7 from various health issues from a hip replacement to fibromyalgia and she doesn't want to take painkillers because she a) doesn't like the way they make her feel, regardless if her pain is relieved and b) she doesn't want to get addicted.)
Now, long story short, free agent running back Mike James has almost the same issue as my mom - he developed a dependence on painkillers from using them often as a result of football, and his doctor told him weed would be a safer alternative (yanno, rather than developing a life-altering addiction to pills). The NFL said nope you can't smoke weed here, keep taking the pills though.
This isn't a "weed should/shouldn't be allowed in the NFL" debate. This is a "the NFL prefers you get addicted to pills rather than a healthier alternative" debate. I get it - once you let one person use weed as a painkiller in the NFL - you have to let everyone. And the NFL has a history of having a horrible, terrible, no-good very bad time admitting when they are wrong about anything. But they're digging their own grave here.
James said it best - "I hear it all the time from retired players who say, 'I was so scared to say something when I was playing. We are the engine that drives this league. If we can't get onto the field with a less harmful medicine and we can't live our life after football, how are we going to tell our kids to play this game?"
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