Pubdate: Tue, 15 Nov 2016
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)
Copyright: 2016 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Author: D. Orlando Ledbetter


FLOWERY BRANCH - The NFLPA is not leaving any stones unturned when
trying to look out for the wellness of its membership, even if the
latest stone is currently banned.

The union, which represents the players in the NFL, is actively
looking at marijuana as a pain-management tool and plans to form a
committee to study the benefits of the drug.

Marijuana is a banned substance under the terms of the current
collective bargaining agreement between the union and the NFL. The
agreement runs through 2020.

"I would applaud the players association for putting together a
committee to look at this because it shows that they are really
interested in getting to the truth of the matter and not necessarily
being swayed by public opinion or some of the cultural stigma that has
been associated with marijuana over the years," said Dr. Vernon
Williams, director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and
Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles and
consulting team physician for the Los Angeles Rams.
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