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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.”

New York: Giants Coach McAdoo Has No Problem With Free Agent Eugene Monroe's Advocacy For Medical Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Eugene Monroe, now a free agent tackle for the NFL, says he will not back down from his stance that the NFL should allow players to use medical marijuana. The New York Giants hope to sign him, and it appears they have no problem with that.

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said he has absolutely no problem with any of his players, or potential players, expressing their opinions, even on controversial subjects. And while he declined to address the Giants’ interest in Monroe or his own feelings on medical marijuana, McAdoo said Monroe’s stance isn’t an issue for him at all.

“I think everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” McAdoo said. “Myself, I haven’t done any research. I don’t have a great answer for you there. That’s probably more of a political question, something that I’m not necessarily willing to jump into at this point, or ever. But every player, every coach, every person has their own opinion and is entitled to it.”

Monroe was released from the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday; he indicated that his stance on medical marijuana is why the Ravens fired him with three years and $20 million left on his contract.

He has been very vocal about his opinion that medical marijuana is a safer alternative to the opioids and painkillers prescribed to so many NFL players.

New York: Super Bowl Champion Leonard Marshall To Keynote Cannabis World Congress

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NY Giants & New York Jets All Star Defensive Lineman to Talk about CTE, Building Brands, and Overcoming Adversity

Providing personal insight as a successful business entrepreneur and former champion NFL player with CTE symptoms, Leonard A. Marshall, Jr., will be a keynote speaker at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo), at the Javits Center in New York. Taking place June 15-17, 2016, CWCBExpo NY is a trade show and conference for the medical marijuana and legalized cannabis industry.

Marshall’s keynote on Thursday, June 16, will precede the all-star thought-leadership panel on “CTE, Concussions and CBD,” which he will also moderate. As a successful athlete, businessman, medical marijuana business investor, philanthropist and family man, Marshall will tell CWCBExpo attendees what it takes to overcome challenges and obstacles to succeed.

“I am ecstatic to be participating in CWCBExpo and keynoting and moderating the all-star thought leadership panel," Marshall said. "With my background and experience in football and with CTE, I’ll be able to bring a first-hand perspective to this important topic. I look forward to addressing this issue in such a professional and well planned forum along with the other athletes.”

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