For now it looks like the only things that will stay high in the NFL are profits and player salaries.
During an appearance on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” show Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes isn’t in “the best interests” of the league or players.
“I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use,” Goodell said. “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? You’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a positive thing. It does have an addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that might not be healthy for players long term. It’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game.”
While that sounds like a no for now, he did say that if advisers came to him and said it’s something the league should consider then they may.
“We look at it from a medical standpoint. So if people feel that it has a medical benefit, the medical advisers have to tell you that,” Goodell continued. “We have joint advisers, we also have independent advisers, both the NFLPA and the NFL, and we’ll sit down and talk about that. But we’ve been studying that through our advisers. To date, they haven’t said this is a change we think you should make that’s in the best interests of the health and safety of our players.”
If a player tests positive for using the drug, they’re still going to be in violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. However, discipline for a violation with weed is less strict than other drug violations.
Some believe that medical marijuana use could be implemented in the league someday if it’s shown to help players manage pain and deal with concussion symptoms.
The topic of marijuana has not only been debated in the NFL, but it’s also a nationwide conversation. Some states like Colorado and California have legalized the drug, while others like Alabama remain firmly against it.