National Football League, are you listening? Since the onslaught of the medical and recreational marijuana industries, retired and current professionals have come out of the cannabis closet in droves, advocating for the accepted use for athletes, entering the space as investors and launching brands of their own.
In a 2016 survey of 226 of the NFL’s nearly 3,000 players on active rosters or practice squads, ESPN found that 61 percent believed that players would take fewer injections of strong anti-inflammatory drugs such as Toradol if they could treat pain legally with marijuana. In another study, ESPN reported that 71% of 644 NFL players surveyed misused opioids.
A just-reported ban on an Acreage Holdings advertisement during Super Bowl LIII is an indicator that