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  1. VJCPatriot

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    14 Legal Medical Marijuana States - Medical Marijuana - ProCon.org

    Considering that the substance has become legalized in a number of states, how will the NFL's substance abuse policy towards marijuana change, if at all?

    If say you are a player on the Denver Broncos, and we see that Colorado is one of the fourteen states, and you test positive for marijuana, should there still be sanctions against you? Assuming that you are using the marijuana medically to relieve pain of course. But if you think about it football players are the most likely people to need pain relief.

    I think it would be hypocritical for the NFL to punish marijuana use IF it is legal in the jurisidiction where the player is taking it and they have the 'doctor's note' that they are using it for medicinal purposes. But looking at the way the Commish has tried to appear 'tough' I don't know what he will do in such a case.
     
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    The NFL's substance abuse policy clearly states that the illegal use of drugs is what is punishable under the policy. I'm assuming that if its not illegal they won't punish you for it. Of course they just have to add it to the banned substances list and it won't matter either way.
     
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    I may be wrong but I believe it has not been made legal medically or any other way at the federal level so while you can not be charged by the state for medical use you technically still are breaking federal law (if they have not passed any laws which I believe they have not). And thus you would still be in violation of the leagues policy.
     
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    Well, I think the whole point is moot if an NFL player has to claim he has glaucoma to get out of a marijuana charge.
     
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    Football players are the most likely people to need pain relief? I vote no.
     
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    You would be correct:)
     
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    #24 Jersey

    What happens when California flat-out legalizes this fall?
     
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    I'm guessing Massachusetts, Vermont and Oregon follow suit.
     

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