Here’s hoping for a 2014 Ganja Bowl! With both Denver & Seattle, marijuana legal states, it begs the question. Should the NFL let players smoke weed?
The Broncos and the Seahawks have each lost key players this season to marijuana-related suspensions. Denver’s Von Miller, the 2011 NFL defensive rookie of the year, missed the first six gamesfor allegedly failing drug tests and failing to comply with league drug testing. (Miller is now out for the season with a knee injury.) And the Seahawks lost starting cornerback Walter Thurmond for four games during the latter part of the season, reportedly for testing positive for marijuana.
But now that both Denver and Seattle have pushed laws for marijuana legalization, should the NFL fine and suspend players who smoke weed, that live and play in those cities?
Roger Goodell has stated that he might be open to marijuana, for medical use only. As the current NFL collective bargaining agreement has banned the use of marijuana. In an interview with Fox News, Goodell has stated:
“I don’t know what’s going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries, but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine,” he said.
I suppose in due time, with more and more people supporting marijuana, as well as more tests showing the health benefits of marijuana, that pro sports leagues might reconsider their bargaining agreements. What do you think? Should the NFL let players smoke weed? Let us know in the comments below!