Ravens’ Eugene Monroe pushes marijuana ban end


Living in a country divided on the topic of the legalization of marijuana is one thing, having the NFL divided over its legalization is an entirely new story. There is no question that the legalization of marijuana is a questionable topic, with the country stuck somewhere in the middle, but with changes slowly but surely taking place. The problem is that even with the gradual change towards more liberal marijuana laws, the NFL stands firmly in its stance as a banned substance. Well, some players have had enough of this rule and the Baltimore Ravens’ Eugene Monroe is one of them.

“The NFL relies heavily on opioids to get players back on the field as soon as possible, but studies have shown medical marijuana to be a much better solution,” Monroe wrote in an essay titled “Getting off the T Train.”

“[Medical marijuana] is safer, less addictive and can even reduce opioid dependence,” Monroe wrote.


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Eugene Monroe is a veteran in the league and has experience with ‘accepted’ drugs in the league. The T Train refers to the painkiller, Toradol, a heavily used painkiller in the NFL that Monroe believes is doing more harm than good. Monroe has estimated that during any given NFL player’s career, half of them will have used some sort of painkiller.

Monroe believes that the NFL has the responsibility to their players and themselves to do further, extensive research on marijuana and how it can be used to benefit players in the recovery process.

“How can a league so casual about the use of addictive opioids take such a hard line on a drug that might provide a safer alternative?” he wrote.

“I’m not here advocating for NFL players [or anyone] to get high and party while breaking the law,” Monroe wrote. “What I’m talking about is the responsibility of the NFL to care for its players. Nineteen players were suspended last season for testing positive for ‘substances of abuse,’ and for some, their careers may be over. Why? For using something that can actually help people?”

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