The NFL apparently is ready to discuss the use of marijuana to help with pain relief for NFL players and a couple of NFL doctors talked to members of The Realm of Caring and CW Botanicals as both groups are associated with Baltimore Ravens left tackle, Eugene Monroe.
Marcel Bonn-Miller, who is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania school of medicine, spoke to the NFL recently about this very subject and he said that the NFL sounds serious and is willing to learn more as he discussed via Washington Post.
"They are interested in learning more about the potential for cannabinoids to help current and former players, as is evidenced by them taking the call, and also expressed a desire to learn more...They are definitely showing genuine curiosity, and they are definitely not throwing up roadblocks."
Despite the NFL's new curiosity, Monroe knows that this is a risky situation to take on as this topic itself is a stigma around the league. The NFL has had a long history of not embracing the use of marijuana and while certain parts of the country are trying to legalize the drug, the NFL has kept a hard stance against it until recently as Monroe discussed via Washington Post.
"To this point, I understand why no one but me as an active player has said anything about it," Monroe said. "It's a banned substance in our league. Speaking about it can honestly ruin someone's career if the wrong team gets wind of it and has adverse opinions on it. But my health is more important than the opinion of someone who could be my employer now or my future employer. . . .There's enough anecdotal evidence already to say, ‘Hey listen, we know it's not toxic. We know it's safer than what we're already doing. "
It would certainly be wise for the NFL to take control of this matter and take it seriously because the league has recently been caught in hot water manipulating facts as it relates to concussions according to the New York Times.