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January 27, 2014

Pete Carroll: NFL Should Consider Medical Marijuana: Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that the NFL should consider allowing players to be treated with medical marijuana. "I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible," Carroll said at a Super Bowl news conference Monday. "Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this."

posted by rcade to football at 05:24 PM - 7 comments

I find it ironic that, "Medicinal marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia." and yet, "...the federal government and interstate commerce laws still consider it illegal...".

posted by Bozemanite at 07:30 PM on January 27

Based on who got into the Super Bowl this year and what states they hail from, Detroit and Cleveland are considering passing municipal marijuana legislation.

posted by beaverboard at 08:34 PM on January 27

they hail from, Detroit and Cleveland are considering passing municipal marijuana legislation.

It would help only if their opponents were the ones smoking it.

posted by steelergirl at 09:12 PM on January 27

This is the Super Bowl Media doing what it does. Pete Carroll gave a measured but thoughtful answer to a rambling question about what others have said about marijuana. The reporter was trying to land a sucker punch, and in fact took a second swing when the first one didn't land. Watch the whole exchange here. It's at almost the very end. Regardless, the story is presented as "Pete Carroll thinks drugs are a-ok." Because duh, this is the Seadderal Seahawks we're talking about.

It's like a sport for the reporters. They'll surely find some easier targets this week. Carroll is pretty good at this.

posted by fumblerooski at 12:23 AM on January 28

I find it ironic that, "Medicinal marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia." and yet, "...the federal government and interstate commerce laws still consider it illegal...".

Really? The Commerce Clause has been the government's go-to piece of legislation whenever they want to force states to toe the line. Some times for good reasons, some times not, but you shouldn't be surprised. The government has all sorts of trump cards to play if you're not careful with what you do, which is why my father, both a good father and a pragmatic man, once said to me in at least semi-seriousness, "If you're going to commit a crime, do me a favor and don't cross state lines doing it."

That had just been the undoing of our neighbor, a prototypical bad small town cop who finally screwed up by screwing two towns over. In Massachusetts. With an underage girl. Ah Ernie, you had it coming.

posted by yerfatma at 09:01 AM on January 28

Considering marijuana is legal in the state where he lives, Carroll's response is fine by me. Using it in medically appropriate methods should be no more of an issue than aspirin or penicillin, it's hardly a PED and shouldn't be blocked on that ground.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on January 28

I've never much cared for pot, but if I was in a medical situation where I had to choose between that or (legal, prescription) opiates, give me the former every time.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:25 PM on January 28

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