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New York: Former NFL Star Marvin Washington Advocating for Cannabis

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By Michael Bachara
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Former NFL Defensive End Marvin Washington, who played 11 years in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Broncos in 1999, wants the NFL and the Players Association to embrace cannabis as a safe alternative to treat debilitating sports injuries.

Colorado: Jake Plummer Rips NFL's Marijuana Stance And 'Billionaire A--hole' Jerry Jones

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Jake Plummer, former Denver Broncos quarterback, spoke with BSC Denver recently, criticizing the NFL for its marijuana ban and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for denying the link between CTE and football. He even called Jones a 'billionaire a--hole."

"I have a hard time with it because everybody says, 'Oh, poor NFL millionaires. Oh, you poor people.' They don't understand," Plummer told BSN Denver. "Maybe they should have a little more to say about the owners that are billionaires, they're not millionaires; they're billionaires."

"Like Jerry Jones, who says it's 'absurd' that there would be a link between brain trauma, football and CTE," Plummer said. "Shame on him for saying that, that billionaire a--hole. It's the worst thing in the world for a guy like that to say. That's where we're sitting; grown-ass men are asked to go out there for millions of dollars -- which, yeah, it's a lot of money -- bang themselves around and completely f--- their lives over for their 40s and 50s. So yeah, poor football players is what I say. If you're a grown-ass man, you should be allowed to make grown-ass decisions."

Plummer is now 10 years into retirement and has seen the negative physical effects football has had on teammates.

But Cowboys owner Jones is denying that football can cause CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

US: Retired Broncos Quarterback Jake Plummer Wants NFL To Reconsider Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Another NFL player has publicly asked league officials and the NFL Players Association to reconsider their ban on medical marijuana. Following in the footsteps of Baltimore Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe, who yesterday pledged $10,000 to aid marijuana research, retired Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer is also asking for the NFL to research the benefits of medical marijuana.

Plummer is a user of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of the hemp plant used to treat many physical and psychological ailments. The NFL admitted to a link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) earlier this week. Many doctors believe that CBD is effective in treating the degenerative brain disease.

Plummer has been taking prescribed CBD oil for a year and says he feels so good he considered the idea of returning to play for the Denver Broncos almost a decade after retiring.

"I'm 41 and the Broncos need a new quarterback," Plummer recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I'm not thinking about it but the thought crossed my mind because my body feels great after playing for 10 years in the league and being retired. I owe a lot of that to CBD and what it's done for me."

Plummer and Monroe also are trying to generate funds toward an initiative being sponsored by Realm of Caring, a non-profit advocacy group that researches medical purposes for cannabis.

Washington: Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Says NFL Should Explore Medical Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Since Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll is from one of the only two states in the U.S. where cannabis is legal -- and since the other team in the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos, are from the other one -- it's no surprise that Carroll was asked Monday about marijuana.

Coach Carroll was asked for his opinion on the use of medical marijuana in the National Football League, reports John Breech at CBS Sports.

"We have to continue to explore and compete to find ways that are going to make our game a better game and take care of our players in the best way possible," Carroll responded. "The fact that it's in the world of medicine is obviously something [that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] realizes and him making the expression that we need to follow the information and the research absolutely I'm in support of.

"Regardless of what other stigmas may be involved, I think we have to do this because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they're coming to some conclusions," Carroll said.

New Jersey: Marijuana Billboards Surrounding Super Bowl Highlight NFL Hypocrisy

Broncos- and Seahawks-themed ads feature players asking why the league punishes them for using a substance that is ‘less harmful to [their] bodies than alcohol;’ two additional ads say marijuana is also less dangerous than playing professional football

Five billboards highlighting the hypocrisy of the National Football League’s marijuana policy were launched Tuesday in locations surrounding MetLife Stadium, where the Super Bowl is scheduled to be played Sunday. Images of the billboards, which were paid for by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.mpp.org/SuperBowl.

Two 60-foot-wide digital billboards feature images of football players and read: “Marijuana is less harmful to our bodies than alcohol. Why does the league punish us for making the safer choice?” The color schemes of the ads reflect the teams competing in this year’s Super Bowl, both of which hail from states that have legalized marijuana for adults.

“Marijuana is less toxic, less addictive, and less harmful to the body than alcohol,” said MPP Director of Communications Mason Tvert. “Why would the NFL want to steer its players toward drinking and away from making the safer choice to use marijuana instead?

"If it is okay for athletes to douse each other with champagne in front of the cameras, it should be okay for them to use marijuana privately in their homes,” Tvert said.

U.S.: NFL Under Pressure To Ease Harsh Penalties For Marijuana Use

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The National Football League has fallen behind the times, when it comes to acceptance of marijuana. The NFL, so far, has stubbornly refused to follow the lead of the public's shifting opinion about recreational cannabis use.

The Marijuana Policy Project highlighted this discrepancy recently when it paid $5,000 for a 48-foot-wide billboard in Denver prior to the Broncos' season opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, reports David Lariviere at Forbes. The billboard urged the league to "stop driving players to drink" with harsh marijuana penalties, noting "a safer choice is now legal (here)" after Colorado voters in November approved legalization measure Amendment 64.

The MPP has also launched a petition on Change.org directed at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, calling on the league to change its harsh penalties for marijuana.

"For years, the NFL has been punishing players for using marijuana despite the fact that it is far less harmful than alcohol, a substance widely embraced by the league," said Mason Tvert, director of communications at MPP.

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