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  1. Ron Strider

    NFL Powers Should Heed The Science On Cannabis

    A recent study co-funded by ESPN and the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 52 percent of retired football players had used prescription pain drugs (opioids) during their professional careers. Of those, 63 percent admitted they received the painkillers from coaches, trainers, fellow...
  2. Ron Strider

    A Healing Drug: Former NFL Players Advocate The Use Of Cannabis

    Several former NFL players advocated the use of cannabis as a healing medicine Saturday during the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo in Phoenix. A six-member panel consisted of four former NFL athletes – including Marvin Washington, Mark Restelli, Jim McMahon and Grant Mattos –...
  3. Ron Strider

    Former NFL Champion And Pro Cannabis Activist Marvin Washington Joins BudTrader.com

    SAN DIEGO, October 11, 2017 (Newswire.com) - BudTrader.com, the world’s largest online medical marijuana marketplace, announced today that former NFL defensive end and champion Marvin Washington has become an investor in the company. In addition to his investment, Washington has joined...
  4. Ron Strider

    Medical Cannabis Gains Yardage With NFL

    The National Football League may be warming to the idea that treating injured players with medical cannabis is preferable to the alternative: opiate painkillers. That's according to a story published in the Washington Post in July. The Post reported that the NFL sent a letter to the NFL Players...
  5. Ron Strider

    Eugene Monroe On NFL, CTE And How Weed Changed His Life

    Eugene Monroe announced his retirement from the NFL on July 21st, 2016, about one month after his release from the Baltimore Ravens. Like many players who have recently made the decision to retire at an early age, Monroe cited concerns over his long-term health as the primary reason for...
  6. Ron Strider

    Hut. Hut. High! The NFL May Be Changing Its Stance On Marijuana, And That's Big News

    Chances are that if you look around, you'd struggle to find stocks that, as a group, have performed better over the trailing year than marijuana stocks. A majority of those with market caps in excess of $200 million have shot higher by more than 100%, with some pushing through even larger...
  7. Ron Strider

    Former NFL Player On Painkiller Addiction: Marijuana A 'Godsend,' NFL Should Allow It

    Former NFL offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan revealed in June that he had always planned to commit suicide after his playing career because, as Outsports.com reported at the time, "he had decided many years ago that he would never -- could never -- live life as an openly gay man."...
  8. Ron Strider

    Why Eugene Monroe Believes Marijuana Is Essential To The NFL's Future

    Eugene Monroe is on a mission. That much is evident in the urgency in Monroe's voice as he discusses the sport he played for almost two decades – the sport that earned him millions of dollars as the No. 8 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, and caused him to abruptly retire at 29 years old for...
  9. Ron Strider

    NFL Owners Agree To Consider Letting Players Use Medical Marijuana

    The National Football League is back in action this weekend—if you count preseason games as "action"—after taking a tiny step toward maybe, possibly, someday letting players use marijuana to treat pain. NFL owners agreed to work together with the NFL Players Association on a study to determine...
  10. Ron Strider

    The War On Weed: The NFL's Troubled History With Marijuana

    The ethical gymnastics demanded of NFL fans have grown more challenging over the past decade as the scientific evidence linking football with brain injuries mounts. Last week's study of 111 deceased NFL players' brains found evidence of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic...
  11. Ron Strider

    Jerry Jones Agrees With NFL Studying Potential Benefits Of Marijuana

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he agreed with the NFL's decision to investigate the benefits of marijuana as a pain management drug for players. "I agree with what the NFL is doing," Jones told reporters in his Hall of Fame press conference. "There is real fertile ground there. It is...
  12. Ron Strider

    The NFL May Be Softening Its Stance On Marijuana Because Of Another Kind Of Green

    The Washington Post reported on Monday that the NFL has offered to study marijuana's potential for pain management in a partnership with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the most significant step the league has taken toward allowing players to use the banned substance. The NFLPA has yet to...
  13. Ron Strider

    Cannabis And Concussions: The NFL Needs To Listen

    This Bud's for you. But not that bud. That's the message from the NFL, which continues to stonewall efforts to make medical marijuana legal for its players while swimming in beer sponsorship money. It's OK to drink yourself silly, fellas. And pop pills to your heart's content. But don't mess...
  14. Ron Strider

    Packing The Pro Bowl

    There are so many pot smokers in the NFL that ESPN.com has an "All-Weed" team listed on its website. It's an open secret that players can smoke weed as long as they pass the preseason drug test. The hypocrisy of the NFL handing out Percocet and Oxycontin like candy while suspending players for...
  15. Ron Strider

    More Year-Long Bans For Weed, More Reasons To Question NFL Policy

    The one-year suspension of Ravens tight end Darren Waller for a substance-abuse violation raised several red flags, which is not a surprise. Red flags about Waller, of course, and about the Ravens, who, according to an ESPN.com account, have had the most players suspended for various drug...
  16. Ron Strider

    NY: Former Jets DE Marvin Washington, State Sen. Diane Savino On Crusade

    Manhattan's Jacob Javits Center's northernmost corner is a vast maze of booths teeming with cannabis advocates – all part of the fourth annual Cannabis World Congress Expo – and right smack in the center of the maw is state Sen. Diane Savino, getting a crash education course on the Isodiol...
  17. Ron Strider

    Will The Marijuana Industry Really Be Bigger Than The NFL By 2020

    Despite declining TV ratings for National Football League (NFL) games, football remains the most popular sport among Americans. It's also a big industry, with the NFL generating estimated revenue of around $14 billion last season. Another industry could soon eclipse the NFL, though, if...
  18. Ron Strider

    NFLPA Wants To Include Players' Families In Weed Policy Proposal To League

    The NFL Players Association is looking beyond its immediate membership in shaping a proposal to revamp the league's marijuana ban. As part of its upcoming effort to sway the NFL to make more changes to its substances-of-abuse policy, union executive George Atallah said the NFLPA wants to work...
  19. Ron Strider

    Could Jeff Sessions' New Order Hinder NFLPA's Push For Marijuana Policy Change?

    In a two-page memo issued to his staff and made publicly available last Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors to seek the toughest possible charges and sentences for drug crime suspects, a drastic shift from the more lenient approach that became a pillar of Barack...
  20. Ron Strider

    NFL Players Fight Pain With Medical Marijuana: "Managing With Pills Was Killing Me"

    One by one, they entered a nondescript building on the eastern edge of town, 18,000 square feet with no signage out front. They came looking for relief. These nine former professional football players are part of the Denver Broncos Alumni Association. Between them, they played in nearly 700 NFL...