NFL Denies Request To Use Cannabis As Painkiller

By Benjie Cooper

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Mike James with Miami Hurricanes in 2012

Free agent running back Mike James used prescription painkillers after suffering a broken ankle in 2013. When he became dependent on the drugs, his doctor recommended that he use cannabis medicinally to treat injuries and associated pain.

After experiencing benefits from medical marijuana, James discovered that it was a safer alternative to the pills that he was taking before.

On occasion, sports leagues will allow the medicinal or therapeutic use of an otherwise banned substance, but when James recently applied to the NFL to be allowed to use medical cannabis, they denied his request.

β€œI am hopeful that I’ll be able to keep playing football,” said James in an interview with β€œIt is a game that I love very dearly. I know right now I’m, doing something that makes some people uncomfortable, and that I’m going against the establishment to push for a change in the way they look at this medicine. I know there’s a greater purpose here for a lot of guys in this league who I consider family members.”

James says that he would like to be a medical cannabis advocate for the league and continue to play, but the player’s future in the league is uncertain at the moment.