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U.S.: Derrick Morgan Becomes 2nd Active NFL Player To Support Marijuana Research

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Last week Derrick Morgan, starting outside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, became the second active NFL player to call on the league to support cannabis research in order to see how specific compounds in the plant can help treat or prevent chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE.)

"If there's any evidence that this could help players, they owe it to us to explore it," Morgan told USA Today. "You hear about a lot of former players suffering from depression and dementia.

"Or the suicides," Morgan said. "[The NFL] could and should be a leader in this. If there's any evidence that this could help players, they owe it to us to explore it ... It's a legitimate ask."

Morgan went on to tell Katie Couric in an exclusive interview: "Given how much influence the NFL has on society, I think it would help the greater good. There's a lot of people suffering and a lot of people that can benefit from cannabis as a medical treatment."

Tennessee: Titans Linebacker Derrick Morgan Joins Eugene Monroe's Marijuana Cause

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By Derrick Stanley
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Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan has joined Eugene Monroe in asking the NFL to research the benefits of medical marijuana.

"I feel like the NFL has a responsibility to look into it, to delegate time and money to research this for its players," Morgan told Yahoo Global News. "Given how much influence that the NFL has on society, I think it would help the greater good. There's a lot of people suffering and a lot of people that can benefit from cannabis as a medical treatment."

Monroe had been the only active NFL player to publicly speak out for marijuana policy reform, until appearing with Morgan in an interview with host Katie Couric.

Morgan has played 76 games for the Titans, and has recorded 27.5 sacks. He signed a four-year, $27 million contract in 2015.

Morgan said he's not concerned about the reaction to his position on marijuana as a benefit to NFL players.

"In thinking of the benefits that will come from spreading the awareness and the knowledge about this substance, I think greatly outweighs any backlash or ramifications that might come about it," he told Yahoo. "It's about not only us, but former players, future players and more so society as a whole."

The league has resisted the idea that marijuana could benefit players, clinging to the reality that marijuana is banned under the substance abuse policy.

U.S.: Couric Explores Marijuana Legalization And The Changing Legal Landscape

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Global News Anchor Katie Couric on Friday explored the legalization of marijuana in the United States and how the legal landscape is changing on Yahoo News

Recreational use of the drug is already legal in Colorado, Oregon, Washington state, Alaska and Washington, D.C. Twenty-three states allow medical marijuana. Ahead of the 2016 election, at least five more states are expected to push for full legalization.

Many supporters of legalization believe harsh drug laws haven’t limited access to marijuana, but instead have cost billions of dollars on arrests and imprisonment of nonviolent drug offenders. Opponents worry that legalizing marijuana would make it even more accessible, which could lead to wider usage and potentially to more people using it.

Watch the video on Yahoo News:

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U.S.: Federal Court To Hear Evidence On Whether Marijuana Is Misclassified As Dangerous Drug

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Meanwhile, federal Drug Enforcement Administration carries out latest raid on Los Angeles area medical marijuana dispensaries

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California will hold rare formal hearings beginning Monday, October 27, to determine whether an indictment against Brian Justin Pickard and others for conspiracy to grow more than 1,000 marijuana plants violates the U.S. Constitution, and whether marijuana is misclassified by the federal government as a dangerous Schedule I drug with no medical value.

What: Evidentiary hearing with several expert witnesses to review the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I substance

When: Starting Monday, October 27, 9 am and continuing to Wednesday, October 29

Where: Sacramento Federal Court, 501 I Street, Sacramento, Californbia

U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller will preside over the three-day hearing, which includes expert testimony from Drs. Carl Hart, associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University in New York City, Greg Carter, medical director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington, retired physician Phillip Denny, as well as author, consultant, and expert witness Chris Conrad.

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