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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.

Texas: Cowboys' Owner Jerry Jones Wants NFL To Drop Its Marijuana Ban

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By Derrick Stanley
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Jerry Jones spoke up at the Annual League Meeting for NFL team owners last week, telling the group that he wants the NFL to "drop its prohibition on marijuana use."

His fellow owners reminded him that a change won’t be coming anytime soon because it’s something that would have to be collectively bargained.

Jones is certainly not alone in the NFL in questioning the league's ban on marijuana use. Former Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr said in an interview for Sportsday a few months ago that he compared it to alcohol.

"I see guys that partake in marijuana are calmer, cooler than guys that drink", Carr said. "I haven't really seen too many people get in jams or binds with their emotions or losing their cool off of marijuana."

Several other retired NFL players, such as former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, have spoken out in recent months encouraging the NFL to consider new information available, and to drop its ban on medical marijuana. Some players feel that using medical marijuana is safer than using prescription painkillers, which can be addictive.

The NFL told Pro Football Talk it is "willing to listen to the medical community" regarding the use of marijuana.

Texas: Former NFL Players Advocate For Medical Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
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Several former NFL players are hoping to change the league's ban on marijuana.

A cannabis convention was held at the Revention Music Center in Houston Wednesday night ahead of Super Bowl LI. Jim McMahon, former NFL quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion, was one of several former players in attendance.

“Marijuana is not a drug,” said McMahon. “It’s a medicinal herb. Drugs happen only when man puts their hands on it.”

McMahon and other former players shared stories of how marijuana saved their lives.

“I went through a real bad depression and laid down on the railroad tracks and tried to commit suicide myself so it was just by the grace of God that I found God and found cannabis as well,” said Boo Williams, former NFL tight end.

“[I had] constant thoughts of suicide and depression and rage and all these things that were neurologically disrupting my life and I can’t say enough about making that transition,” former NLF offensive lineman Kyle Turley said.

He continued, “I don’t take an aspirin to this day, an Aleve, an Advil, nothing. I have a strict cannabis regimen that I use.”

McMahon hopes to help remove the stigma related to marijuana and promote its benefits to the general public as well as former NFL players.

Arizona: Jim McMahon Appears In Ad For Marijuana Legalization

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By Derrick Stanley
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Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon has appeared in a political advertisement supporting legalizing marijuana in Arizona.

McMahon currently lives in Scottsdale, and says he has used marijuana to treat severe headaches and other lingering effects from his days playing in the NFL.

"When I had my first injury, that's when I used my first painkiller and I was using them daily pretty much the rest of my career. It takes its toll; taking too many of those things," he says in the ad for Proposition 205. "Once I retired I got rid of those, I moved out here to Arizona, I got my medical card, I've been using marijuana ever since. Someone like me can afford to be a medical marijuana patient, but others aren't so lucky. Marijuana should be available to all adults who need it. I'm voting yes on Prop 205 and hope you will too."

McMahon's ad first appeared during the "Thursday Night Football" game between the Bears and Packers at Lambeau Field last night.

A recent poll of registered voters found 50 percent of them favored Prop 205. About 42 percent opposed it and 8 percent were undecided.

New York: Jim McMahon Thinks Marijuana Can Help Retired NFL Players

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By Derrick Stanley
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Jim McMahon, quarterback for the Super Bowl XX-winning Chicago Bears, had a career plagued with injuries and still suffers with several injuries in retirement. But he says he has found help for that suffering with marijuana.

McMahon was on a panel of former NFL players at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in New York City, and he said there that NFL players need to get off opioid painkillers and instead use marijuana.

“There’s so many uses to this plant,” McMahon said, in an interview with the New York Daily News. “Hundreds of thousands of people are dying from [painkillers] and there’s not one case of people dying from the hemp plant.”

Former Giants defensive end Leonard Marshall agreed with McMahon.

“My quality of life has improved because of this,” Marshall said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league doesn't plan to change its marijuana policy, despite many former players — as well as at least one current player, Eugene Monroe — advocating for marijuana use.

“It’s an NFL policy and we believe it’s the correct policy, for now, in the best interest of our players and the long-term health of our players,” Goodell said in February. “I don’t foresee a change in that clearly in the short term.”

Texas: NFL Quarterback Jim McMahon Reveals Coach Ditka Knew Players Smoked Pot

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By Derrick Stanley
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NFL coach Mike Ditka knew some of his Chicago Bears players were using marijuana during the team's heyday in the 1980s, including Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon.

McMahon revealed the news at the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo in Fort Worth, TX.

“Mike Ditka would say, ‘Oh, all you guys, you pot smokers,’ That’s what he’d call us,” McMahon said at the event, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “‘You pot smokers.’ We’d say, ‘It’s better than being drunk out here. We’re still functioning.’ ”

Marijuana use is still banned in the NFL and will likely remain so for some time. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell commented on the NFL policy in his annual news conference in February. “It’s an NFL policy and we believe it’s the correct policy, for now, in the best interest of our players and the long-term health of our players,” Goodell said. “I don’t foresee a change in that clearly in the short term, but we’ll continue to be in touch with our medical personnel. If that changes, we’ll discuss it.”

McMahon was taking 100 Percocet pills every month to relieve the pains and aches, but was able to kick the pills after he discovered medical marijuana, he told the Chicago Tribune.

Texas: Former NFL Players Praise Marijuana At Fort Worth Conference

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon and other retired football players discussed marijuana use in the NFL on a panel at the Southwest Cannabis Conference in Fort Worth Sunday.

“I have arthritis pretty much in all my joints,” McMahon, a 15-year NFL player, told the Star-Telegram before the roundtable discussion. “My head problems have been pretty severe at times. [Marijuana] makes all that pain go away. I just forget about the pain.”

It wasn't until he moved to Arizona in 2009 that he began to see that marijuana is a safer, more effective alternative to painkillers.“When I was playing ball, there was all these pharmaceuticals they were giving you, which are not good for you,” he said. “I had to get off those pills.”

"We'd have to take pills on a daily basis just to practice," said Ricky Williams, former Miami Dolphins running back. "That's when I promised myself I was going to find another way to practice." Williams turned to cannabis as an alternative to painkillers. Williams was caught violating the NFL substance abuse policy several times and was suspended from play the entire 2006 season.

Ricky Williams and Jim McMahon were joined on the panel by Marvin Washington, former Denver Broncos defensive end, encouraging athletes to use marijuana as an alternative to opioids and pharmaceuticals.

In addition to being a safer substitute for painkillers, studies have recently shown that cannabis is effective in treating chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease caused by repeated head trauma, like concussions.

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