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originally posted by: ketsuko
No. The NFL is like any private business with its own rules, and one of those rules includes banned substances. Marijuana is currently one of those substances.
Understand, the NFL bans a lot of substances that are otherwise legal for people to use ... like certain cold OTC medications that mimic performance enhancers in a drug test because ... well ... they are performance enhancers if taken in different amounts.
So until and unless the NFL decides to revise its list of banned substances for its employees (players are employees), then it doesn't matter how legal marijuana otherwise is.
This is no different than another private business requiring a drug free workplace and deciding marijuana is one of those substances they don't want in their employees' systems for various reasons.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Krazysh0t
It is RIDICULOUS that the NFL treat cannabis this way in this case particularly. If the players doctors say he needs it to maintain optimal health outcomes long term, then they have no business interfering. If I were his doctor, I would be busting in to the NFL and his teams board room so fast and hard it would make their repeatedly concussed heads spin, and I would have to sit these ignorant chumps down and explain that their sports science degree does not trump actual medical advice from an actual medical doctor, and to kindly stop messing with my patient.