An NFL player was suspended for using marijuana for Crohn's Disease. Is the NFL out of touch?

  • Public opinion has changed, if the NFL cares about its image it should allow medical marijuana

    The public is more educated about medical marijuana. The NFL says it wants to protect its image. Yet denying the right to take medication as prescribed by a doctor looks worse to more people than allowing medical marijuana would look to a handful of prudes.

    A small majority of Americans think marijuana should be legal including for recreational purposes. An even larger portion believes it should be legal for medical purposes. Based on statistical evidence if "image" is the concern then the NFL should allow cannabis use at least for medical purposes.


    Another note you never hear about TV shows drug-testing actors and firing or suspending or otherwise disciplining them. Why is that? Why aren't they worried about their image? Either way it's entertainment.

  • In this instance, the NFL is out of touch.

    For the NFL to suspend a player for using marijuana for medicinal purposes is out of touch. As long as he has all of the proper paperwork, marijuana can be used to help with a host of medical problems. And there is no benefit as a player, that I am aware of for him to use this substance. If he was trying to use something like steroids to treat another condition, that would be a different story.

  • Yes, the NFL puts unrealistic expectations on their players

    Yes, the NFL is out of touch. This organization gives some players a mere slap on the wrist for things such as domestic violence and drunken conduct. How is it acceptable to suspend one who is managing a chronically debilitating disease with a medically supported therapy? It is commendable that this player continues to play the sport while managing a disease such as Crohn's. The NFL should be doing what it can to support him, not suspending him and tearing him down.

  • Against his contract.

    Industries, even the NFL have to protect their image. This is why they tend to have various clauses in contracts for people who represent them to the public. The NFL does not want to be associated with drugs like marijuana. I can see why because as a football player, many kids may want to be like him and decide to do pot. He had the clause in his contract and chose to do it anyway. His fault.
    It would be one thing if pot was the only treatment for Crohn's but there are many on the market that he could have used. He knowing used one that would void his contract.
    Like it or not, much of the country dose not see pot as a legitimate medication. One of the main reasons why I don't is because of the side effects. When they make real medication, they try to get rid of as many side effects as possible and increase the medical value. The pot industry has done just the opposite. Yes, there are some medicinal value to pot but pot growers reduce the it and replace it with greater side effects. Clearly, people that chose pot over traditional medication are more interested in the pleasant side effects than the actual medication. Obviously, most of the people that use pot instead of other medications chose it for the side effects and not the medicinal value.

  • No, the NFL is not out of touch.

    No, the NFL is not out of touch. Despite the states that have legalized medical marijuana, it is still an illegal substance in the United States. The NFL is definitely within range of both laws and medical advice. There are several medical professionals who have come out against the use of medical marijuana. Until marijuana is legal and proven medically sound, the NFL is on the right track.

  • It is a safety issue.

    It is known that marijuana relaxes the body. That is why a lot of people take it. In the NFL people depend on each other in order to stay safe. The NFL is dangerous enough as it is without people worrying that their teammates are on drugs or that they have reduced reaction time. This is a good rule for the NFL.

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