Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe says the NFL should take a harder look at its stringent policy against marijuana use, regardless of medical conditions. More players are speaking out about the benefits of using marijuana for medical reasons, such as pain relief and recovering from concussions. Monroe has missed 15 regular season games over the past two seasons.
“Your job automatically gives you the symptom of chronic pain,” Monroe told CNN.com. Monroe was quoted in an article headlined, “Is it time for football to reconsider marijuana?”
“You’re hitting each other as hard as possible every single day in practice,” Monroe continued. “Your body is in pain a lot of time.”
During his Super Bowl press conference, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was not considering making changes on its stance prohibiting marijuana use, despite increased legalization of the drug for medical reasons.
“It’s an NFL policy and we believe it’s the correct policy, for now, in the best interest of our players and the long-term health of our players.
“I agree there has been changes, but not significant enough changes that our medical personnel have changed their view. Until they do, then I don’t expect that we will change our view.”
However, Monroe thinks that reexamining the possible benefits of medical marijuana use for players could help players without damaging the league.
“The NFL will need to have legitimate information before they remove marijuana from the banned substance list and ultimately not hurt their product on the field,” Monroe said. “But there’s opportunity in that space, also for the NFL to get involved and maybe lead efforts.”