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NFL figures say league should keep open mind on medical marijuana

Published on Jan 28, 2014 6:58 AM
 
Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVIII media availability at the Westin Hotel on Jan 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The coach of the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks on Monday echoed the NFL commissioner's assertion that the league should not rule out allowing players to use medical marijuana to manage pain, if medical science supports the idea.  -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The coach of the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks on Monday echoed the NFL commissioner's assertion that the league should not rule out allowing players to use medical marijuana to manage pain, if medical science supports the idea.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters the National Football League should be open to use of the drug, currently banned by its rules, if doctors broadly come around to the idea.

"We have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible," Carroll told reporters as his team prepared for Sunday's championship game against the Denver Broncos.

"Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this." Carroll's words followed comments by Commissioner Roger Goodell last week that the league would follow the lead of doctors in determining whether to drop its opposition to players' use of the drug.

 
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