Last month NFL player Eugene Monroe made headlines when he donated $80,000 to a group in Colorado that is studying the effects of cannabis on those who sustain multiple concussions. Monroe has also been very vocal about his disagreement with the powers that be at the NFL over the league’s policy on marijuana.
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has had enough of the NFL’s antiquated stance on medical marijuana.
Over his seven-year career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he’s suffered multiple concussions, sprains, and shoulder injuries, which cause him to be in constant pain. Currently, if marijuana — medical or not — shows up on an NFL player’s mandatory drug test, penalties include fines, suspensions, and even expulsion form the league. This policy makes it so the only option for athletes to treat their pain is the addictive opiate painkillers constantly prescribed by NFL doctors.
There has been a lot of chatter regarding marijuana testing and use in professional sports, and this week two former athletes, Jay Williams of the Chicago Bulls and Jake Plummer of the Denver Broncos, have both come out in support of their respective leagues being more open to cannabis.
In case you haven’t been following the news, it turns out that Americans are rather…large; on average, that is, compared with people in other countries. As a consequence, exercise is a big thing in this country. Between gyms and home gym equipment, tens of millions of people in the United States engage in some form of exercise.
Statistically it is likely that a certain percentage of those exercisers are regular cannabis users. But how many use cannabis right after a workout? Does it help?
The public backlash that came with UFC fighter Nick Diaz’s five-year suspension and $165,000 fine testing positive for marijuana has actually paid off — at least a little.
After reaching a settlement with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) earlier this month, Diaz’s punishment for his third positive test result for marijuana has been reduced to an 18-month suspension and $100,000 fine. Which is better, but still pretty fucking stupid.
A NFL GM recently made the public proclamation that roughly 30-40% of players in this year’s draft class partake of the green ganja. The GM also opined that this year’s class was pretty much in line with the rest of the NFL when it comes to pot. This is of course big news, especially considering the illegality of marijuana when it comes to playing in the NFL.