Last month NFL player Eugene Monroe made headlines when he donated $80,000 to a group in Colorado that is studying the effects of cannabis on those who sustain multiple concussions. Monroe has also been very vocal about his disagreement with the powers that be at the NFL over the league’s policy on marijuana.
Earlier this month Monroe was released by the Ravens, making him a free agent who is currently looking for employment with other teams. Some have speculated that his outspoken stance on medical cannabis was why Monroe was let go, but he has been slowed down by recent injuries and trade rumors have swirled around him in the past.
“I can’t say for sure whether or not my stance on medical cannabis was the reason the Ravens released me,” Monroe said. “However, as I’ve said in the past, they have distanced themselves from me and made it clear that they do not support my advocacy.”
For their part, the Ravens won’t say if Monroe’s MMJ advocacy was a reason for his dismissal.
In any case, Monroe says he will continue to fight for medical marijuana access for NFL players, along with a group of current and former players that gets larger all the time.
What is happening in the NFL is an example of what is happening all over the United States when it comes to marijuana. As the truth spreads and more people realize that the things they were told about cannabis when they were growing up simply aren’t true, marijuana moves more and more into the mainstream. Unfortunately, many things move slower than the truth, whether it’s the federal government or a massive organization like the National Football League.
But things are moving in the right direction, and that’s a good thing. People shouldn’t have to suffer, whether they are players in the NFL or someone at home watching the NFL on TV. Everyone should have access to cannabis to treat their ailments.