NFL deems research inadequate to warrant allowing players to use medical cannabis

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The NFL currently bans the use of all cannabis products, including those containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the intoxicating compound in cannabis) and CBD (cannabidiol, a psychoactive but non-intoxicating compound in the cannabis plant). With an upcoming collective bargaining negotiation, however, players may argue for an overhaul to the current cannabis policy, particularly in light of recent changes by the Major League Baseball. The NFL and the NFL Players Associations’ (NFLPA) joint Pain Management Committee participated in a forum this week with manufacturers of CBD products geared toward athletes in a bid to advance their evaluation of whether or not players should be allowed to use cannabis-derived products. The MLB recently removed cannabis from its list of “drugs of abuse.” Changes to state law may also render the league’s cannabis ban difficult to enforce. Subscribe to the Cannabis Post newsletter for weekly insights into the industry, what insiders will be talking about and content from across the Postmedia Network.

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The NFL and the NFL Players Associations’ (NFLPA) joint Pain Management Committee participated in a forum this week with manufacturers of CBD products geared toward athletes in a bid to advance their evaluation of whether or not players should be allowed to use cannabis-derived products.

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