Ravens’ Eugene Monroe Donates $10,000 To Marijuana Research

MARYLAND: Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe urged NFL players to donate to marijuana research on Tuesday morning, a day after an NFL official acknowledged a link between football-related head trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Monroe tackled the issue on Twitter:

Realm of Caring Foundation is an organization committed to researching the health benefits of marijuana and educating the public about this form of therapy. Monroe told CNN last week that the NFL needs to change its stance on marijuana and take a look at the drug’s possible benefits as it relates to pain relief and possibly concussions.


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Antonio Cromartie: NFL Shouldn't Ban Marijuana

NEW YORK:  NFL players should be allowed to smoke marijuana if they want to, according to Antonio Cromartie. During a recent interview for an entertainment website, the Jets cornerback said the league is wasting its time by banning the drug.

“They need to just let it go,” Cromartie told Thisis50.com, a site affiliated with the rapper 50 Cent. “We’re just going to do it anyway. They need to go ahead and say, ‘Y’all go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.’ ”

Although it sounds as if Cromartie said “we’re” in the video clip, he took to Twitter Wednesday to defend himself and to clarify his statement.

“The interview that I did on the weed policy, I never said ‘We’re’ I said that ‘Players will smoke anyway. I don’t smoke so I don’t care about it,” Cromartie tweeted.

Ayanbadejo Says Teammates On One Of His Super Bowl Teams Used Marijuana Week Of Game

MARYLAND:  Without offering specific details, former Ravens and Chicago Bears linebacker and special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo said teammates were smoking marijuana in the days leading up to one of the two Super Bowls he played in.

During a FOX Sports podcast with former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita, Ayanbadejo didn’t disclose which team it was, and he didn’t name names. [Read more…]

Why The NFL Should Embrace Medical Marijuana

The NFL is in the process of updating its 2010 Policy and Program for Substance Abuse, which currently says any player who tests positive for medical marijuana shall forfeit pay during their suspension.  In the December 23rd issue of ESPN The Magazine an article by Howard Bryant suggests that the NFL embrace medical marijuana. At Americans for Safe Access, we could not agree more. The  following is an open letter to the two most powerful people in football to explain why and to provide policy suggestions they should consider when drafting the new NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.

Dear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and NFL Players’ Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith,

No one needs to tell you that players in the National Football League get hurt, or that managing pain is a part of the game. Or that long after they’ve left the field, 9 out of 10 players continue to suffer. You’ve seen the studies that track injuries and the abuse of painkillers, not to mention the devastating effects of concussions. You’ve funded care and reached financial settlements. [Read more…]

Is Marijuana The Secret Ingredient For NFL Success?

TEXAS: UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis sentenced Sam Hurd to 15 years in prison for drug trafficking. He was facing 10 years to life.


The tale of disgraced NFL star Sam Hurd is undeniably tragic. The former Dallas Cowboy will pay dearly (if not unfairly) for his transgressions when he is sentenced for his alleged role in a massive drug trafficking scheme.

But could there be a window to the Cowboys’ tortured souls somewhere in this hazy, hypnotic storyline?  [Read more…]