Eugene Monroe was released by the Baltimore Ravens on June 15, 2016, for his stance on medical cannabis as a treatment option for football career injuries….except that was not at all the reason given by the Ravens for Monroe’s release. According to them, it was due to all his injuries. In fact, they completely opposed his medical cannabis advocacy and wanted to distance themselves so much from it, that they fired the guy. Tossers. 27 months after they paid $17 Million for him. Apparently, they have been planning this outcome during the entire off season due to his very public and outspoken views on medical cannabis. Monroe has been calling out the NFL on their antiquated attitude to medical cannabis use on Twitter, big time.
Last May, I wrote a post about Eugene Monroe’s efforts to change the attitude by the NFL’s “Powers that be” towards medicating with cannabis instead of harmful opiates for sport injuries. Here’s the link.
He’s been working with Realm of Caring in Colorado; the not-for-profit organization created by Heather Jackson and Paige Figi, two moms of kids with intractable epilepsy. They credit CBD oil with saving their children’s lives and they want to help other families.
It is good to know that there are other teams who are interested in signing Monroe, who are not put off by his stance on medical cannabis usage. We have the NY Giants, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.
Although NY Giant’s management isn’t exactly supporting his position on medical cannabis usage, they do support his right to speak out about it.
Here’s what Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo said:
“I think everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. Myself, I haven’t done any research. I don’t have a great answer for you there. That’s probably more of a political question, something that I’m not necessarily willing to jump into at this point – or ever. But every player, every coach, every person has their own opinion and is entitled to it.”
Katie Couric interviewing Eugene Monroe and Derrick Morgan with comments by Kyle Turley and Jim McMahon
I guess we, in the medical cannabis advocacy world, have to view this as a minor victory. Here, we have people who have no clue, whatsoever, that medical cannabis is far and away so much of a better treatment option for sports injuries than opiates. And, they have absolutely no interest in looking into it, either. But, at least, they are not treating Eugene Monroe as a pariah for his views. Maybe one day soon, cannabis will become federally legal or be descheduled which means that it is removed entirely from the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) where it never belonged in the first place.
Thanks to the passion and tenacity of Eugene Monroe, I hope that the management of the NFL finally comes to their senses about medical cannabis usage. Maybe miracles CAN happen. Hey, I never expected to see 42 states with some type of medical cannabis program in my lifetime, but here we are. The struggle continues!
What say you, dear readers, about the NFL changing its policy on medical cannabis usage?
I’ve written a series of posts about medical marijuana. If you want to read more you can click on the “Medical Marijuana” tag at the top of my page.
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