In recent weeks, a topic of discussions has been the prospect of allowing medical marijuana use in the NFL.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll weighed in on the topic Monday (Jan. 27), saying he believes it should definitely be explored.
“We have to continue to explore and compete to find ways that are going to make our game a better game and take care of our players in the best way possible,” he said.”The fact that it’s in the world of medicine is obviously something [that Commissioner Roger Goodell] realizes and him making the expression that we need to follow the information and the research absolutely I’m in support of. Regardless of what other stigmas may be involved, I think we have to do this because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they’re coming to some conclusions.”
The league’s collective bargaining agreement forbids the use of marijuana. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday (Jan. 31) that he will continue to evaluate the drug’s potential as a pain reliever balanced against possible addiction issues.
“We’ll continue to follow the medicine,” Goodell said at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference. “Our experts right now are not indicating that we should change our policy in any way. We are not actively considering that at this point in time. But if it goes down the road sometime, that’s something that we would never take off the table.”
He also said that he likes the current policy and quipped, “I am randomly tested, and I’m happy to say that I am clean.”