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Recently, the NFL reached out to the NFL Players Association to open the discussion about the “potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool,” the Washington Post reports.

“We look forward to working with the Players Association on all issues involving health and safety of our players,” the NFL’s executive vice president of communications said of the letter written to the NFLPA.

Indianapolis Colts Marvin Harrison dives for a few

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Although the NFL currently bans the use of marijuana, many ballers have faced discipline for violating the substance abuse policy. From the outside looking in, many fans question the reasoning behind risking a multimillion-dollar opportunity for a little weed. But it seems there may be a deeper issue behind the excessive substance abuse violations in the NFL.

Why can’t these athletes stay off the weed?

According to retired NFL offensive lineman Eben Britton, “[Cannabis] is a medicinal herb that provides the only potentialsolution to both concussions/CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and the opiate epidemic.”

“The guys who consume cannabis through their football careers are going to be in much better shape coming out of them than the guys that don’t,” Britton said.

“Where painkillers cloud thinking, cannabis allowed me to play with a clear mind,” Britton said, highlighting the fact that the herb can also help players play through injury. “Cannabis is a huge part of my daily regimen. Exercise, nutrition, medication, fasting – I’m approaching my physical and mental health from all sides because of the realities that I’m potentially facing with CTE.”

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