Is the NFL’s drug-testing policy on medical marijuana out of date? In recent years, the United States has seen a rise in opioid addiction and opioid related deaths. The NFL is not immune from the opioid epidemic, as many current and retired players have addressed the troubled paradigm of needing relief from pain caused by years of playing in the NFL, but the increased risks of opioid use to treat said pain. This article addresses the current NFL policy regarding medical marijuana use and how changing this policy could ultimately benefit the health and safety of the NFL players.
Stephanie Assi, Comment, The NFL Should Stop Trying to Weed Out Marijuana: Why Medical Marijuana Remedies the League’s Misuse of Pain Killers, 5 Tex. A&M L. Rev. Arguendo 33 (2018).