It’s Playoff season, and there are eyes glued to the TV all around the country for at least three hours a week right now as the brackets start whittling their way to the Super Bowl. When ESPN caught up with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week, talks of Playoffs weren’t the only subject being bounced off of this notable figure. At some point, the question of cannabis made its way into the conversation, as well.
It’s pretty interesting to take minute to reflect back on just how much has changed in the last year or so, particularly where marijuana is concerned. In fact, it was just fourteen or so months ago when Greg Aiello, spokesperson for the National Football League, was very clear in the league’s stance on all controlled substances, inclusive of marijuana. Back then, the spokesperson told USA Today that the various states’ legalization would not alter the NFL’s views on marijuana, and the substance abuse program would remain intact as it has been for years.
When Goodell was asked about the policy a couple days ago, he didn’t exactly seem too adamant against the substance, as Aiello was in 2012. Rather, the commissioner told ESPN, "I don't know what's going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries, but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine."
In 2011, the NFL lockout made a lot of headlines as the collective bargaining agreement that governs the league was put under scrutiny when it came time for renewal. Who knows? Maybe in a decade or so, the next lockout might be the result of the players holding out for permission to use pot.