Veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe retired from the NFL last week at 29. Like many ex-players, he left the game early because of concerns about concussions and his overall health.
In May, Monroe became the first player to publicly ask the NFL to stop listing cannabis as a banned substance and allow players to use medical marijuana to treat chronic pain. He believes it would limit the use of addictive opioids to relieve pain.
In June, the Ravens released Monroe. Several teams were interested, but Monroe quit while his faculties were intact. He’ll continue to speak out on the issue. Maybe he’ll persuade the NFL to stop suspending players for a drug that’s less harmful than the alcohol it pushes for profit.
Half of the states have legalized medical marijuana. Some players are using a cannabis extract that experts say aids in physical recovery and might counteract the effects of concussions.
If the NFL cared about its players, it would heed progressive research on marijuana, instead of clinging to archaic notions about the evil weed.