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Ravens LT donates $80,000 for medical marijuana research for NFL players

Ravens LT donates $80,000 for medical marijuana research for NFL players

Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe has made an $80,000 donation to researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania for studies to examine the impact of cannabinoid therapies on current and NFL players, according to a Thursday press release.

Monroe’s donation was announced jointly by The Realm of Caring and CW Botanicals.

Their press release said in part that Monroe, “cannot use cannabinoid products and is instead prescribed opioids to manage his chronic pain from sports-related injuries. He recognizes the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and fully supports this research that could help professional and amateur athletes as well as anyone suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. Eugene hopes that his actions will influence the NFL in changing their policy on cannabis and recognize it as a viable treatment option.

“Due to the NFL’s strict anti-cannibas policies, it’s difficult for current players to speak in support of the plant and its potential therapeutic uses. Despite the risks, on March 9 Eugene became the first active NFL player to call on the NFL to remove marijuana from the banned substances list; fund medical marijuana research, especially as it relates to CTE; and to urge the NFL to stop overprescribing opioids.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this year that a change in the league’s drug policy was not imminent, either for medical or recreational use.

“We always review our drug policy,” Goodell said during a Super Bowl week press conference. “I don’t foresee a change in that clearly in the short term, but we’ll continue to be in touch with our medical personnel.”

Monroe has missed 16 games over the past two seasons with various injuries, including a concussion,  and had shoulder surgery in December after being shut down for the season.

Monroe’s future with the Ravens remains in question. The Ravens drafted left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the No. 6 pick in the draft. The Ravens could opt to play Stanley at left guard and keep Monroe next season, or Monroe could be cut after June 1, which would create $6.5 million in additional salary cap space. Monroe still has three years left on a five-year, $37.5 million contract.

Asked about Monroe’s future following the first night of the draft, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said, “Right now, Eugene is still under medical care.”

And while under medical care, Monroe remains a staunch supporter of medical marijuana research. Monroe has also unveiled a new website www.eugenemonroe.com to explain why he is campaigning for the NFL to remove marijuana from the banned substances list.

 

 

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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