Former Denver Broncos player, current NFL writer, Nate Jackson has a thing or two to say about Marijuana in the National Football League.
Jackson recently headlined Denver’s “Sports, Meds & Money” conference where he spoke about the benefits of marijuana for professional athletes instead of opiate-based painkillers. Among other points, Jackson shared his personal experience, stating that, “Painkillers really never set well with my own body. I never really liked them. I was given them often. I usually didn’t take them. It was only after the major injuries that I did. I preferred to medicate with marijuana.”
Unfortunately for former (or current) players like Jackson who had great success medicating with medicinal marijuana, the NFL still refers to medicinal marijuana as illegal and employs fines to and suspends players who use it.
Jackson spoke about this matter at the conference when he stated his belief that as the NFL becomes more aware of the science behind medicinal marijuana, and that “probably over half of the players smoke week… [and have] been doing it since they were teenagers or earlier… it means their marijuana use is in check. That’s not the dangerous thing they’re dealing with. The dangerous thing is smashing their skulls over and over again to a chorus of screams.”
Greatly stated, don’t you think?
Jackson is no “dope”. His writing about the NFL has appeared in Slate, Deadspin, The Daily Beast, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. His memoir Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile was released by HarperCollins in 2013.
How about you? Are you in pain from years of playing sports? Do you need help legally obtaining a medical marijuana card in Southern Nevada? Don’t take any risks.