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Former NFL Players Say League Should Allow Players to Use Marijuana to Treat Pain, Injuries

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Duncan Williams/Cal Sport Media/NewscomMedical marijuana has been legalized in 29 states, but it remains illegal for professional football players to use as a treatment for injuries and chronic pain.

That doesn’t mean players in the National Football League aren’t using the drug. Quite the opposite. Eben Britton, who retired in 2014 after seven years in the NFL and who has admitted to playing games while high on marijuana and painkillers, estimates that more than half of the players in NFL locker rooms are using marijuana recreationally, or to treat injuries and control pain. During a discussion hosted by Herb.co, a marijuana culture website, Britton talked about his experience using marijuana versus using opioids and other pain-killers.

“I would take these pills and I would feel insane,” Britton says. The opioids made him feel “more depressed, more helpless, more pissed off.”

Britton’s assessment of widespread marijuana use in the NFL is

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