This isn’t something you hear on a NORML day, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is open to the idea of players using medical marijuana in the future. According to ESPN, the commissioner said that he supports the advances of medicine. If that includes marijuana, so be it.
“I don’t know what’s going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries,” Goodell said, “but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine.”
I’ll save all the jokes about having vapes on the sidelines and raising concession prices. What I will say is that Lomas Brown once estimated that 50% of the league already smokes weed. Moreover, a 2012 ESPN study said that 70% of the prospects at the NFL Combine admitted to smoking.
With concussion awareness growing and marijuana taboos lessening, why wouldn’t Goodell take this stance? It makes him look proactive (possibly a first for the NFL in regards to head trauma) and he can cut out enforcement of an already prevalent issue in the league. The NFL can stop focussing on guys getting baked and, you know, focus its attention on every other athlete having a “miraculous” injury recovery.