Texas: Former NFL Players Advocate For Medical Marijuana
By Derrick Stanley
Several former NFL players are hoping to change the league's ban on marijuana.
A cannabis convention was held at the Revention Music Center in Houston Wednesday night ahead of Super Bowl LI. Jim McMahon, former NFL quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion, was one of several former players in attendance.
“Marijuana is not a drug,” said McMahon. “It’s a medicinal herb. Drugs happen only when man puts their hands on it.”
McMahon and other former players shared stories of how marijuana saved their lives.
“I went through a real bad depression and laid down on the railroad tracks and tried to commit suicide myself so it was just by the grace of God that I found God and found cannabis as well,” said Boo Williams, former NFL tight end.
“[I had] constant thoughts of suicide and depression and rage and all these things that were neurologically disrupting my life and I can’t say enough about making that transition,” former NLF offensive lineman Kyle Turley said.
He continued, “I don’t take an aspirin to this day, an Aleve, an Advil, nothing. I have a strict cannabis regimen that I use.”
McMahon hopes to help remove the stigma related to marijuana and promote its benefits to the general public as well as former NFL players.
“It’s proven to help millions of people. There are no side effects other than you may get a little hungry,” he said, “[but] it’s never killed anybody.”
Rory Mendoza was the organizer of the event; he said that he felt Super Bowl week in Houston was the perfect time to spread the message of what marijuana can do for current and former athletes