Marijuana Anyone? Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says he’s all in for making the game of football better, and believes the NFL should seriously consider medicinal marijuana use for its players.
Here’s what Carroll said when asked about Roger Goodell’s comments that he would allow medical marijuana use if it helps players recover from head injuries:
“First off, I can’t speak for anybody else in that regard. 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. The fact that it’s in the world of medicine is obviously something the Commissioner 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. I can only speak for our coaches and we haven’t debated the thought yet.”
Whether marijuana is actually beneficial to players’ recovery from head injuries is unclear.
The NFL’s biggest problem right now though is without a doubt injuries to the head, and those injuries are going to cost the league a ton of money. A judge recently denied a potential $760 million dollar settlement between the players and league officials that would have put an end to the long battle that’s been going on between the two sides.
Part of the Judge’s ruling was she didn’t believe the $760 million dollar amount would be enough to cover all of the damages and she questioned the legitimacy of the settlement. Stay tuned to that.
Marijuana is now legal for medicinal use in 20 US states, and if there’s any evidence that it can help the players with head trauma, you can bet the league will take this very seriously.