Hawaii Committee Passes Resolution Urging NFL to Allow Players to Use Medical CBD

A Hawaii House Committee has given approval to a resolution urging the National Football League (NFL) to allow players to use CBD (cannabidiol) for medical purposes.

Hawaii’s House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved House Resolution 40 on Wednesday, sending it towards a vote by the full House of Representatives. The resolution states; “BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-ninth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2018, the House of Representatives concurring, that the National Football League is urged to allow injured National Football League players to use cannabidiol in pill or liquid form, in lieu of opioids, to address the pain from work-related injuries”.

The resolution also states; “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Commissioner of the National Football League and the respective General Managers of each of the teams that compose the National Football League.”

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Hawaii Resolution Urges NFL to Allow Injured Players To Use Cannabidiol In Lieu Of Opioids

A resolution urging the National Football League (NFL) to allow players to use cannabidiol for medical purposes has been filed in Hawaii’s Senate.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 was filed today in the Hawaii Senate by Senator William Espero (D) along with seven cosponsors. The resolution states; “BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-ninth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2018, the House of Representatives concurring, that the National Football League is urged to allow injured National Football League players to use cannabidiol in pill or liquid form, in lieu of opioids, to address the pain from work-related injuries”.

The resolution also states; “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Commissioner of the National Football League and the respective General Managers of each of the teams that compose the National Football League.”

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Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Wants the NFL to “Drop its Prohibition on Marijuana Use”

The owner of “America’s Team” has come out in favor of a change in the National Football League’s (NFL) marijuana policies.

Jerry Jones.

According to Pro Football Talk, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones held a private meeting with the NFL’s other 31 owners, which took place at last week’s Annual League Meeting in Phoenix. During the meeting Jones told the owners of the other NFL teams that he wants the league to “drop its prohibition on marijuana use.”

Jones’ statement comes roughly two months after DeMaurice Smith, Director of the NFL Players Association, said that the group will soon propose an amendment to the league’s rules that takes a “less punitive” approach to those caught using or possessing marijuana.

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For Second Straight Year Super Bowl Winning Team is From a Legal Marijuana State

For the second year in a row in the National Football League (NFL), the winning Super Bowl team hails from a state that has legalized cannabis for all uses.

The New England Patriots have just won Super Bowl LI, their fifth Super Bowl victory in the past 16 years. The Patriots are from Massachusetts, which recently legalized the possession, use and personal cultivation of cannabis for everyone 21 and older.

The victors of last year’s Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos, are also from a state where cannabis is legal.

The Patriots victory not only marks the second year in a row that a team from a legal cannabis states has won the Super Bowl, it marks the third time in just four years, with the Seattle Seahawks having won in 2014.

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NFL Players Association to Propose “Less Punitive” Approach to Marijuana

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) will soon be proposing an amendment to the league’s rules that takes a “less punitive” approach to those caught using or possessing marijuana.

According to the NFLPA’s Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, the proposal will soon be presented to the board of player representatives. If the players approve the rule change, it will be sent to the NFL for final consideration.

“I do think that issues of addressing it more in a treatment and less punitive measure is appropriate,” Smith said in a meeting with Washington Post reporters and editors. “I think it’s important to look at whether there are addiction issues. And I think it’s important to not simply assume recreation is the reason it’s being used.”

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For Fourth Straight Year, Super Bowl Features Team from a Legal Marijuana State

As the National Football League (NFL) continues its hard-line stance on marijuana – including punishing players for using it for medical purposes – it’s worth noting that this year’s Super Bowl will feature a team from a state where marijuana is legal for all purposes. This is the fourth straight year this has been the case.

This year’s Super Bowl – Super Bowl LI – features the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots. The Patriots are from Massachusetts, a state where any of its players can legally possess, use, grow and soon purchase marijuana for medical or recreational purposes.

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23 of 32 NFL Teams are Located in States with Legal Recreational and/or Medical Cannabis

As the NFL maintains its full prohibition on cannabis use, it’s important to note that a minority of NFL teams live in a state where cannabis is legal all purposes.

There are currently 23 teams in the National Football League that are located in legal cannabis states; just nine teams have home-states where cannabis is illegal for all purposes.

Below are the seven teams located in states where cannabis is legal for all purposes:

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ESPN Poll: 71% of NFL Players Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

nfl playersWith a “promise of anonymity”, ESPN recently conducted a survey of 226 NFL players and asked their opinion on cannabis and cannabis legalization.

“Spoiler alert:”, states ESPN, “When it comes to going green — from legalization of marijuana in the U.S. to the efficacy of pot for pain control — NFL players just say yes.”

Below are the questions presented in the survey:

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Study Shows 87 of 91 Former NFL Players Have Rare Brain Disease; Could Cannabis Help?

football2By Derek Rosenfeld, Drug Policy Alliance

The NFL is back and I’m very excited about the upcoming season. But there is something that I have become more aware of recently that I can’t help but think about while watching the game – the issue of concussions, their effects on the brain, and how medical marijuana can help play a role in treating the problem.

There is a growing body of evidence that shows football players at any level, especially ones who repeatedly use their head to hit another player, can eventually develop a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The leading researchers studying the brains of deceased football players just released new figures showing they have found evidence of CTE in 87 out of 91 brains of former NFL players. The disease can lead to conditions such as memory loss, depression and dementia. The powerful special produced by PBS’ Frontline, “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” first opened my eyes to the gravity of the issue.

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NFL Players Association Votes to Increase Threshold for Cannabis Testing

The NFL players Association (NFLPA) voted Friday to increase imagethe threshold for positive cannabis tests, raising the level from 15 ng/ml to 35 ng/ml. The move will be applied retroactively, and will effect cases currently under appeal.

“This is an historic moment for our players and our league,” NFLPA President Eric Winston said. “We have collectively bargained drug policies that will keep the game clean and safe, but also provide our players with an unprecedented level of fairness and transparency.”

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