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Arizona: Jim McMahon Appears In Ad For Marijuana Legalization

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon has appeared in a political advertisement supporting legalizing marijuana in Arizona.

McMahon currently lives in Scottsdale, and says he has used marijuana to treat severe headaches and other lingering effects from his days playing in the NFL.

"When I had my first injury, that's when I used my first painkiller and I was using them daily pretty much the rest of my career. It takes its toll; taking too many of those things," he says in the ad for Proposition 205. "Once I retired I got rid of those, I moved out here to Arizona, I got my medical card, I've been using marijuana ever since. Someone like me can afford to be a medical marijuana patient, but others aren't so lucky. Marijuana should be available to all adults who need it. I'm voting yes on Prop 205 and hope you will too."

McMahon's ad first appeared during the "Thursday Night Football" game between the Bears and Packers at Lambeau Field last night.

A recent poll of registered voters found 50 percent of them favored Prop 205. About 42 percent opposed it and 8 percent were undecided.

New York: Jim McMahon Thinks Marijuana Can Help Retired NFL Players

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Jim McMahon, quarterback for the Super Bowl XX-winning Chicago Bears, had a career plagued with injuries and still suffers with several injuries in retirement. But he says he has found help for that suffering with marijuana.

McMahon was on a panel of former NFL players at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in New York City, and he said there that NFL players need to get off opioid painkillers and instead use marijuana.

“There’s so many uses to this plant,” McMahon said, in an interview with the New York Daily News. “Hundreds of thousands of people are dying from [painkillers] and there’s not one case of people dying from the hemp plant.”

Former Giants defensive end Leonard Marshall agreed with McMahon.

“My quality of life has improved because of this,” Marshall said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league doesn't plan to change its marijuana policy, despite many former players — as well as at least one current player, Eugene Monroe — advocating for marijuana use.

“It’s an NFL policy and we believe it’s the correct policy, for now, in the best interest of our players and the long-term health of our players,” Goodell said in February. “I don’t foresee a change in that clearly in the short term.”

Texas: NFL Quarterback Jim McMahon Reveals Coach Ditka Knew Players Smoked Pot

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

NFL coach Mike Ditka knew some of his Chicago Bears players were using marijuana during the team's heyday in the 1980s, including Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon.

McMahon revealed the news at the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo in Fort Worth, TX.

“Mike Ditka would say, ‘Oh, all you guys, you pot smokers,’ That’s what he’d call us,” McMahon said at the event, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “‘You pot smokers.’ We’d say, ‘It’s better than being drunk out here. We’re still functioning.’ ”

Marijuana use is still banned in the NFL and will likely remain so for some time. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell commented on the NFL policy in his annual news conference in February. “It’s an NFL policy and we believe it’s the correct policy, for now, in the best interest of our players and the long-term health of our players,” Goodell said. “I don’t foresee a change in that clearly in the short term, but we’ll continue to be in touch with our medical personnel. If that changes, we’ll discuss it.”

McMahon was taking 100 Percocet pills every month to relieve the pains and aches, but was able to kick the pills after he discovered medical marijuana, he told the Chicago Tribune.

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