DENVER - A major topic in how medical marijuana can help injured athletes and the roadblocks standing in their way. More than 300 players were injured last season. Many who enjoy long careers suffer the consequences of long term pain and brain injuries.
Studies show medical marijuana can help ease pain and even improve brain function in some cases but the NFL has banned its use.
Former Denver Broncos wide receiver and current author Nate Jackson says it's time for the NFL to reconsider.
He said many players feel they don't share the same rights as everyone else in society that is changing its views of marijuana.
The players are receiving support from many in the medical community.
The NFL is under a lot of pressure from groups like the Marijuana Policy Project, which sponsors billboard campaigns designed to shame the organization into lifting the ban.
While Jackson emphasizes that medical marijuana isn't for everyone, he hopes continued open discussion about its benefits will eventually change the climate in the NFL and provide players with a wider range of options.