Roger Goodell: Marijuana is a “medical issue” that needs further research

Three months ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called marijuana addictive and unhealthy for players long term. His stance seems to be softening.

On the heels of news that the NFL has offered to collaborate with the NFLPA to study the potential benefits of marijuana in managing pain for the league’s players, Goodell on Thursday called marijuana “a medical issue” that merits further research.

If pain management is something that medical marijuana can address responsibly, that’s something that our medical community is evaluating,” Goodell said at a forum at the Broncos’ Dove Valley headquarters, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “We just proposed to our union in the last month or so that we put some research money behind that to see how we could implement that . . . if they can address pain management in an effective and safe fashion.

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