The NFL:

In his book Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease, author and researcher Clint Werner notes that the federal government holds US Patent 6630507, titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants,” before concluding that the herb should be “as common in an NFL locker room as icepacks.” And not just to prevent dementia. Marijuana is also a remarkably safe, effective pain reliever, with none of the dangerous side effects of commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile, according to a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, retired NFL players misuse prescription painkillers at a rate more than four times higher than the general population. “[NFL] players have a legitimate and substantial claim to use medical marijuana,” former Broncos receiver Nate Jackson recently told the Denver Post. “[Instead] teams pass out opioid painkillers, which are highly addictive. They are a derivative of the poppy plant—so it is basically pharmaceutical heroin.”