Former Ravens Star Eugene Monroe on How the NFL Could Destigmatize Cannabis

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“Prohibition has been used as a tool to target African Americans and other minorities,” says Monroe. “The NFL’s policy on cannabis is just another extension of those laws that needs to be eradicated.”

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Eugene Monroe knows weed.

Picked eighth overall in the 2009 draft, the 6’5, 300-lb offensive lineman was the first active NFL player to ask the league to consider the benefits of medical cannabis in March 2016. The following June, he’d planned to file pro football’s first-ever medical exemption for marijuana, but the day before his agent could send the paperwork, the Baltimore Ravens cut him. The team’s official reason was “unreliability” due to...

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