The NFL has reached out to the NFL Players' Association in hopes of joining its study of using marijuana as a potential pain management tool for the league's ailing players, according to The Washington Post. But for how much longer?
This is what was reported by the newspaper "Washington Post", stating that the leaders of the circuit, have written to the players Association of the National Football League to work on the folder.
The NFL Players Association performed their own studies before this offer, and at the moment they are still thinking about the proposal from the NFL management. "And I think it's important to not simply assume recreation is the reason it's being used". The league has previously indicated that it is studying marijuana as a pain management tool on its own. People who are using it medicinally either as a pain eradicator or a stress-coping mechanism?
As a separate issue, the NFLPA is carrying out research that looks particularly at how marijuana use can help players with traumatic brain injuries.
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"So what we've chose to do is, to the best we can, look at it as related but nonetheless separate issues".
The NFL now suspends players who test positive for the drug and modified the threshold for a positive test for marijuana. A level of 15 nanograms of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) per milliliter of urine or blood was counted as a positive, the most stringent standard in professional sports, before 2014. Jerry's son, Stephen Jones, who acts as the Cowboys' executive vice president and COO, openly stated that the system "needs to be heavily scrutinized". The NFL has been less open to the idea with commissioner Roger Goodell calling it "addictive" and "unhealthy" as recently as April. "That will be one of the subjects in the collective bargaining process, which we'd like to get into sooner rather than later".
A source with direct knowledge of what went on behind closed doors said that Jones spoke at length during the meeting.
A change to the substance abuse policy would have to be collectively bargained between the NFL and the NFL Players Association - the existing deal is not set to expire until after the 2020 season. I think both sides would probably love to have it. "There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that might not be healthy for players long-term".
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