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Former NFL Players Continue to Push for Removal of Marijuana from Banned List

In what is rapidly beoming a question of when rather than if, the movement by former and current football players to have Marijuana removed from the banned drug list continues to pick up steam.2012-11-02 21.46.43

An article in The Guardian recently looked at the movement, quoting former player Nate Jackson as saying the following:

“I feel like I can speak about this because I’ve tried everything. I’ve shot up HGH [human growth hormone], done the injections, tried the pills, tried marijuana. It’s not that I’m this big marijuana guy, it just helped my body the most.”

The article goes on to talk about how ex-players are moving to states where medical Marijuana is legal to gain relief.

The rationale has scientific backing.

“A 2011 study by researchers at Washington University in St Louis found that former NFL players were four times more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than the general population,” according to the article. “And more than seven in 10 players who used pain medications during their playing days went on to abuse them.”

For the full article, visit: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan/03/former-nfl-players-call-for-medical-marijuana-to-be-taken-off-banned-list



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Pennsylvania Senate Approves Medical Marijuana; Traumatic Brain injury and Post-Concussion Syndrome Among Qualifying Conditions

The State Senate in Pennsylvania has approved a bill with a 40-7 vote, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana.

Dana Ulrich, the mother of a daughter with epilepsy and one of the supporters of the bill, is cautiously optimistic about how the House will vote.

“Going into the House, of course, we’re nervous because we know we have a hill to climb,” she told Penn Live. “There’s a lot of education that needs to be done, but we are confident that if we can do our job as advocates in educating them, then they’re going to get the message. They’re going to vote on the side of science.”

The qualifying medical conditions for the drug include cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease, wasting syndrome, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma, Crohn’s Disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and seizures, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, and post-concussion syndrome.

The media cited a poll by Quinnipiac University , which showed that 88 percent of its respondents living in Pennsylvania are in agreement with the use of medical marijuana.

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NHL Attempts to Leverage Recent Ruling in Dent Case

(Editor’s Note: What follows is a brief excerpt from an article that appeared in the January Concussion Litigation Reporter. To read the full story, please subscribe.)

In late December, the National Hockey League claimed in court papers that the recent decision by a federal judge from the Northern District of California (Dent et al. v. NFL), which is summarized in this issue, supports its argument that a claim made by several former players that the NHL was negligent for failing to warn them about the damaging effects of concussion should be dismissed.file000180735812

In Dent, the court dismissed a lawsuit brought by former NFL Hall of Famer Richard Dent and other players, who claimed that the NFL was negligent for failing the insure that prescription drugs were appropriately administered at the club level by athletic trainers and physicians. That court found that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NFL and its players’ union was controlling. In short, the players union had agreed that such a responsibility rested with the teams, not the league.


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