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Another former NFL player has spoken out on the issue of Marijuana use among players in the NFL.
Former Atlanta Falcon Jamal Anderson told Mike Freeman, the lead NFL writer for Beacher Report the following about the prevalence of pot use.
“It’s at least 60 percent now,” Anderson said. “That’s bare minimum. That’s because players today don’t believe in the stigma that older people associate with smoking it. To the younger guys in the league now, smoking weed is a normal thing, like having a beer. Plus, they know that smoking it helps them with the concussions.”
Freeman offered his own opinion on the matter:
“What’s clear is that numerous players smoke weed. Some because they like it. Some because it helps them deal with the rigors of football. Some because they believe marijuana helps ease the crushing and kaleidoscopic effects of concussions.”
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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.
Another Former NFL Player Says League Should Allow Pot Use, in Part to Alleviate Concussion Symptoms
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.”