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Football helmet with Gridiron Cannabis Coalition logo. Image: KPHO/KTVK
Tiffany Mraz ~ KPHO.com ~
 
PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - Some former NFL players think marijuana is the answer to chronic pain, head injuries and saving lives. 

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray vs Tampa Hali and Luke Kuechly during 2014 Pro Bowl. Image: Sgt. Alexander Martinez via Wikimedia Commons
 
Current players say marijuana use in the sport is extensive, with many using the drug to deal with the ramifications of head trauma.

Jones AT&T Stadium at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Image: Elred via Wikimedia Commons
 
Schools are stuck enforcing the rules of a college-football system that hasn't embraced some of society's growing acceptance of marijuana use.

Kyle Turley played in the NFL for a decade, with stints in New Orleans, St. Louis and Kansas City. Over the years he has struggled with headaches, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and lights sensitivity -- much of which he believes might stem from the head trauma he suffered during his NFL career. Using marijuana in privacy of his home, Turley says, has helped with all his issues, especially light sensitivity, anxiety and nixing suicidal thoughts. Image: Nelvin C. Cepeda
 
There’s a growing segment of athletes who believe the health benefits to be gained from marijuana outweigh the risks – especially when compared to the opioids they’ve long been prescribed.

Ronda Rousey after her open workout at Dinamo center, Yerevan, Armenia. Image: Narek75 via Wikimedia Commons
 
Ronda Rousey just made it known that she’s against drug testing for marijuana.

NFL Football Marijuana
Mike Florio ~ NBC Sports ~
 
As expected, the one-game suspension imposed on Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones came from a violation of the law relating to a banned recreational substance.

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