Roger Goodell is open to the use of medical marijuana in the NFL. It’s true, at least according to the Sports Business Journal. But of course, there’s a catch. Goodell is reportedly open to the use of medical marijuana to treat concussion symptoms. That’s right, if you get whacked in the head, you could be able to get whacked in the head without punishment from Mr. Goodell.
As of now, this is all just talk. Goodell could be open to the concept of players being able to use cannabis to treat symptoms like nausea, but that doesn’t mean that this will be allowed starting next season. You’d have to think it would take a year or two for something like this to get voted into the league, but you also never know.
This talk of medical marijuana use of course comes on the heels of all the talk about the substance being legal in Colorado in Washington, the states where the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks reside. The bud smoking, Super Bowl-related jokes you see on the internet are funny, but I don’t get how it’s relevant at all to the actual game. It’s purely a coincidence that the two teams playing in this year’s big game happen to be from states where marijuana use is allowed. But some people will use any excuse they can to talk about smoking green.
So for now, file this news of Goodell being open to medical marijuana in the ‘shocking’ department. It’s very surprising to hear that he’d listen to such a concept, but at the same time, he’s probably open to anything that can help the concussion crisis in his league.