Cannabis use offers professional football players treatment for pain and mental strains, which the NFL should finally allow, argues Dan Bickley of AZ Central. He suggests that players are overusing more dangerous and highly addictive legal drugs, such as Vicodin, instead, which isn’t talked about because they are more socially acceptable. Punishing players for dealing with pain or anxiety by smoking weed is counterproductive as it makes them treat these issues with opiates, claims Bickley. He proposes that the NFL finally allowing its players to use Cannabis will benefit them, treating their issues in a way that won’t have as many ramifications.
The NFL has a duty to prevent its players from smoking weed because it will encourage Americans to think that it is healthy, believes Carleen Wild of Lifezette. In her opinion, the NFL's already seemingly lax stance on the subject has enabled players to publicly profess the health benefits of the illegal drug. Wild points out that, in fact, Cannabis has been shown to have negative long-term effects, such as reducing motivation. Having professional football players, who are cult figures in American society, openly consume and praise this drug can give children the wrong impression that there are no downsides to smoking weed, writes Wild.