Players, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation Pen Letter to NFL Urging Policy Reform

Eugene Monroe, Derrick Morgan, Jake Plummer and other retired NFL players teamed with Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and penned an open letter to league officials and doctors urging reform to the substance-abuse policy.

“Together with the undersigned former and current players across the National Football League, we believe the time has come to reconsider your policy on cannabis,” the letter read. “Our organization, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR), does not promote the personal use of this often-misunderstood substance. Rather, we believe cannabis should be treated outside the criminal justice system as a public health issue. As physicians, we cannot condone sending someone to jail for using cannabis. Our profession aims to heal, not punish.

Per the substance-abuse policy that was collectively bargained by the league and NFL Players Association and amended in 2014, players are tested for substance of abuse in the offseason, unless they are already in the intervention program. Players face punishment if they have more than 35 nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana) per millileter of urine in their system.

– Read the entire article at Denver Post.