Voters in seven more states said “yes” to marijuana this month. Pot now is legal for recreational or medicinal use in more than half the country.
It’s still against federal law and classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning U.S. officials consider marijuana to have a high risk of abuse or harm, and no accepted medical use in treatment. Also, it’s still banned in professional sports.
Many athletes hope that will change as momentum grows nationwide for legalization. That’s especially true in the National Football League, where pain is a constant companion. Advocates say marijuana could offer a safer and better way to manage the pain.
Football hurts. As a fan watching from home, that’s not always obvious — players collide, fall down, pop back up. They rarely wince or show weakness. That’s just not how it’s done in football. [Read more at NPR]