04.03.2017
culture

Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Wants NFL To Change Its Stance On Weed

Players who test positive for the drug face fines, forced rehab, and risk suspension.

At a National Football League owners-only meeting held last week in Phoenix, Arizona, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly proposed that changes be made to the NFL's policy regarding marijuana use by players.

From NBC Sports Pro Football Talk:

"Jones, per a source who heard the comments, wants the league to drop its prohibition on marijuana use. Jones was reminded that the issue falls under the umbrella of collective bargaining, which would require the players to make one or more concessions in exchange for significant changes to the marijuana prohibition. . . Separately, the league office reiterated to PFT its position that any changes to the substance-abuse policy would occur within the confines of labor negotiations, and that the league is willing to listen to the medical community about any potential changes to the rules regarding marijuana." 

Jones' concerns come after numerous current and former NFL players have opened up about turning to medical marijuana over opioid painkillers to treat injuries sustained on the field.

"The biggest, strongest men literally walking on the face of this earth throw themselves at each other in the most violent ways. It causes a lot of pain and a lot of damage to the body," Former NFL player and outspoken marijuana activist Eugene Monroe previously told KINDLAND. "You can visualize how physical the game is, but you have no idea unless you've been on the field in NFL gear how violent the game is."

The toll of competitive violence on NFL players is a lifetime of continual pain management. According to the Washington Post, "NFL teams are heavy users of prescription pain medications, averaging about 'six to seven pain pills or injections a week per player over the course of a typical NFL season.'” 

Under current rules, which expire in 2020, NFL players who test positive for marijuana must enter substance abuse treatment, face heavy fines, and risk suspension or banishment from the league for continued infractions. 

Current data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention shows 91 Americans dying each day from opioid overdoses. 

Perhaps Jones - who previously (kinda maybe) criticized marijuana use by one of his players - and the scores of professional athlete advocates that have spoken on the issue, are onto something.

 

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