A new survey released by ESPN.com’s NFL Nation has found that 75% of players in the National Football League believe that cannabis is no more dangerous than alcohol.
The poll asked the question as such; “Do you agree with President Obama that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol?”
Of the 100-plus players surveyed, 82 answered the question, and of those, 75% answered “Yes”.
“In siding with Obama on the marijuana issue, the NFL players surveyed are essentially saying they believe the punishment does not fit the crime”, says ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “That’s perhaps even more understandable in places such as Denver and Seattle, as the two teams that played in the last Super Bowl are located in states where recreational marijuana is legal in certain amounts.”
In January, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that he’s open to allowing players the ability to use medical cannabis, but announced no specific course of action to change the league’s current policy which prohibits the plant for any use.