Thanks, Winder. the NFL, in actions nearly as fast as Congress, is finally considering a ‘less punitive’ approach to marijuana, aka wacky tobacky, pot, reefer, dope, tea, chronic, sticky opiated Thai sticks )a story for another day), Maui Wowie, Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, Semsimilla, and, in a nod to the late great George Carlin, Toledo Windowbox. My favorite was a strain of African pot that a nameless friend has been growing in the hinterlands of coastal CA since the mid 70s.
But I digress. Pot, which has lately been given kudos but former players in easing pain, easing the effects of CTE, and basically doing what the heavy narcotics can do for players, but with MUCH less fallout, is getting a look by the NFL as something that may help instead of being a reason to be fined and/or suspended.
The NFLPA recently formed a pain management committee that is studying, among other things, the use of marijuana to manage pain and whether it should be permissible under the NFL’s policies. This sounds great but then you read something like this from them:
“We have to do a better job of knowing if our players are suffering from other potentially dangerous psychological issues like depression, right? So if I look at this myopically as just a recreational use of marijuana and miss the fact that we might have players suffering from depression, what have I fixed? Worse yet, you may have solved an issue that gets the steady drumbeat in a newspaper but miss an issue like chronic depression . . . where a person theoretically might be able to smoke more weed because it makes them feel better but it’s not curing their depression.”
“So to me, as we’re looking at that front end — and it’s been a long process — the reason why I think it’s more complicated than just making a quick decision about recreational use is we look at these things as a macro-issue. And what we try to do is what a union’s supposed to do: improve the health and safety of our players in a business that sometimes can seriously exacerbate existing physical and mental issues.”
Hmmmm. Is ‘feeling better’ considered a side effect? Or a problem? “Are you in pain? Well, this Percodan won’t fix your sore muscles, but it’ll mask the pain. Take this Zanax. It isn’t highly addictive. Take it for 10 years and then try not to get hooked. Oh yeah, and see the guy over there? The steroids, masking drugs, and HGH he’s not passing out (wink wink) won’t hurt you at all.”
Beyond the fact that there are now 6 teams that play in states that have legalized recreational pot use, the NFLPA is fucking living in the 30s if they think marijuana is more dangerous that the opioids, painkillers, and anti-depressants being handed out like candy to players and team doctors, and the general public for that matter.
Anyhow, this’ll likely pass once Josh Gordon’s suspension ends. Sorry Josh!!!