Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson suggested at a conference in Denver the NFL should allow marijuana use, primarily so players can treat the physical pain without becoming reliant on opiate painkillers.
As reported by the Associated Press, Jackson told attendees of the Cannabis Business Executives Breakfast that he felt “like I exited the game with my mind intact. And I credit that to marijuana in a lot of ways and not getting hooked on these pain pills that are recklessly distributed in the league when a guy gets an injury.”
Jackson added that the league is “aware that probably over half of their players smoke weed. They’ve been doing it since they were teenagers. The fact that they’ve been doing it that whole time and still made it to the NFL and are able to satisfy the demands of very, very strict employers on a daily basis means that their marijuana use is in check.”