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Can the latest Olympic controversy change cannabis policy?

7/13/21--In an op-ed penned by Jordan Tishler, MD, cannabis specialist and President of the Association of Cannabinoid Specialists, he expresses his unique perspective on the science and the politics of cannabis and believes that this Olympic controversy pertaining to Sha'Carri Richardson's suspension is entirely a political problem. Tishler also firmly believes it is unfortunate that Richardson has become the victim of decades of racist policy and states it's time for these policies to be changed. Read

Sha’Carri Richardson suspension underscore frustration with Biden’s marijuana policy

7/8/21--Advocates for marijuana legalization are expressing disappointment and frustration with the Biden administration’s response to Sha’Carri Richardson’s disqualification from the Tokyo Olympic Games, which they say highlights the White House’s refusal to move forward on cannabis policy. Read

Women oppose Sha’Carri Richardson’s marijuana suspension while men support it, poll finds

7/4/21--There’s been widespread condemnation over the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) recent decision to suspend U.S. runner Sha’Carri Richardson from at least some Olympic competition over a failed marijuana test. According to a new poll, women are notably more likely to oppose the suspension (44 percent) than men are (39 percent). Men, on the other hand, are more supportive of the penalty (48 percent) than they are against it (38 percent). Read

Sha’Carri Richardson, a track sensation, tests positive for marijuana

7/1/21--The American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who was set for a star turn at the Tokyo Olympics this month, could miss the Games after testing positive for marijuana. The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced the positive test result Friday morning, and said Richardson had accepted a suspension of one month, starting on June 28. That could clear her in time to run in the 4x100 meter relay that takes place later in the Games — if she is named to the U.S. team. Read

NBA stars John Wall, Carmelo Anthony invest in cannabis company LEUNE

4/15/21--National Basketball Association stars John Wall and Carmelo Anthony are new investors in California-based LEUNE. The cannabis company raised roughly $5 million and said it would use the funds for marketing and expanding its products as it looks to capitalize on more states legalizing marijuana. Read

Dana White says UFC is looking into research on micro-dosing psychedelics to combat brain trauma

1/14/21--With the rise of brain injuries in mixed martial arts and following a devastating MMA Fighting article about former UFC veteran Spencer Fisher’s condition, UFC president Dana White revealed that he wants to see if micro-dosing psychedelics help with traumatic brain injury, addiction, and mental-health problems. Reportedly, the UFC could become a benefactor of a psychedelic study, with the possibility of recruiting current or former UFC fighters to take part. Read 

NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts discusses Cresco Labs and NBA’s BKM message

6/18/20--Michele Roberts, the Executive Director of the National Basketball Payer's Association, made history earlier this month when she became the first woman and person of color to join the board of marijuana firm Cresco Labs. Roberts, in her role with the NBA, has also been one of the most essential members in setting up the NBA's return this season. Read

How weed became ‘whatever’: Leagues are ditching old policies

4/30/20--The only states in which any of the four major pro league teams play where there are no broad laws legalizing marijuana are Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. In short, sports leagues have adapted. For professional athletes, advocacy for a more lenient marijuana policy has typically centered around pain and mental health management. So what's next for marijuana in professional sports? Many expect an eventual change in the NBA, and the NFL is embracing new realities. Read

Inside Mike Tyson’s $1 million-a-month marijuana empire

4/6/20--Mike Tyson has transitioned from boxing to his latest lucrative endeavor: his multi-million dollar cannabis business. He has been selling cannabis products since 2016 through his Tyson Holistic label and is believed to earn around $1 million-a-month through his business. Tyson also has sights on expanding into a reported 418-acre weed-themed holiday resort and a "Tyson University" for wannabe weed farmers. Read

Packers LB Za’Darius Smith cited for possession of marijuana, speeding

11/2/19--Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith has been cited for possession of marijuana or synthetic marijuana and speeding, according to documents filed in Wisconsin Circuit Court in Racine via ESPN. Smith, who was driving and traveling with teammates Rashan Gary and Kingsley Keke, was not high and none had marijuana on their person; however, when the car was searched, the officer found three hollowed-out cigars filled with marijuana and a vape device. After writing a citing, the three were released by the officer. Read

Cowboys’ David Irving defends marijuana use, bashes NFL in Instagram rant

8/18/18--Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving took to Instagram on Friday to open up more on his issues with substance abuse and even claimed he's been medicated in every game he's been in. Irving candidly ranted about why he doesn't think using marijuana is wrong and blamed the NFL's policy, saying "The NFL laws on weed are and we all know it." Read

Former commissioner David Stern wants NBA to get rid of marijuana ban

10/26/17--Former commissioner David Stern believes that the NBA should remove marijuana from its banned substances list and treat it the same as states. “I’m now at the point where, personally, I think (marijuana) probably should be removed from the ban list,” Stern said. “I think there is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.” Read

Jay Williams says 75-80 percent of league players use marijuana

9/16/17--The NBA remains strict against marijuana, but former Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams thinks the league should start reconsidering their position about the drug, particularly its use for medicinal purposes. After all, Williams claims that about 75 to 80 percent of players in the NBA use marijuana. Read

Cliff Robinson aims to ‘knock down the myth that athletes and cannabis don’t mix’

7/21/17--Cliff Robinson, formerly of the Portland Trail Blazers, is now making a name for himself in the marijuana industry through a partnership with Portland-based company Pistil Point Cannabis. Pistil Point is the first exclusive indoor cannabis growing facility in the city. Not being viewed a typical marijuana company is key for Robinson. He wants to knock down the myth that athletes and cannabis don't mix. Read

Dennis Rodman won’t explain North Korea trip, but weed currency paid for it

6/13/17--Former NBA star Dennis Rodman's current visit to North Korea for meetings with dictator Kim Jong Un was sponsored by PotCoin, a digital currency for the marijuana industry.    Officials for PotCoin, which is likened to a smaller-scale Bitcoin for weed entrepreneurs and their customers, did not explain why they’ve put up the money for Rodman’s mission. The company and Rodman said such details would be revealed when he returned. Read

Former NBA guard Sebastian Telfair arrested with guns, ammo, and marijuana

6/12/17--Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a ballistic vest, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of ammunition. Read

How cannabis is fueling a new fitness movement

5/25/17--Medicated yoga classes, retreats, and athletic events are popping up in California, as well as in Colorado and Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, San Francisco opened its first “cannabis gym,” which encourages members to get high while raising their heart rates. Modern-day researchers and entrepreneurs are only starting to consider the potential gains of smoking while sweating. Most studies found no evidence that marijuana can help or hinder a workout, while others showed negative impacts. Read

Banned driver back, but NASCAR says no to marijuana-like sponsor

5/12/17--Carl Long, who was last seen in a Cup race in 2009, before NASCAR fined him $200,000, returned to Kansas Speedway with Veedverks as a sponsor. NASCAR has since denied Veedverks as a sponsor but didn't state exactly why, albeit assumed. While Veedverks claims its products are legal in all 50 states, its three types of cartridges contain trace amounts of THC, the principal psychoactive in marijuana. Read 

Diego Sanchez believes medical marijuana caused heart problems

4/17/17--Diego Sanchez believes medical marijuana caused him to have serious heart problems that, for a time, left him concerned about the future of his fight career and even his life. In an interview, Sanchez described a recent sparring session that ended when he experienced serious discomfort in his chest. He did not initially seek medical treatment for the discomfort, but hypothesized that his heart was palpitating or not receiving enough oxygen. Read

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly wants NFL to stop banning marijuana

4/2/17--According to an editorial by Forbes contributing writer Bruce Y. Lee, during the recent National Football League (NFL) owners-only meeting in Arizona, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested a stop to banning marijuana use among NFL players. Any change would be part of the next collective bargaining process, which means that current policies are probably in place until at least 2020. But the players may now have an ally in Jones. Read

NFLPA composing proposal for ‘less punitive’ approach to marijuana use

1/25/17--Leaders of the NFL Players Association are preparing a proposal that would amend the sport's drug policies to take a "less punitive" approach to dealing with recreational marijuana use by players. The proposal will be presented to the union's board of player representatives. If it is approved by those players, the proposal will be made to the league. Read

‘I know I’m on my last chance’: Martavis Bryant opens up about his suspension

1/13/17--Since being banned from the NFL for at least one season due to multiple violations of the league’s recreational drug policy, 25-year-old Martavis Bryant has sought to reinvent himself, and he has learned to live without marijuana. Bryant sat down with Sports Illustrated to clear the air about his past transgressions and lay a road map for the future. Read

Chauncey Billups comments on NBA’s marijuana policy

12/10/16--Following Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr's acknowledgement of trying marijuana to treat chronic back pain, former NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups spoke up on the issue. Billups believes the NBA should look into legalizing marijuana as a way for players to avoid addictive painkillers. For medicinal use, he thinks the conversation is necessary to have, and The Players Association needs to talk about it with the NBA because there’s a lot of science behind it. Read

How NBA players reacted to coach’s endorsement of marijuana

12/4/16--Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who recently admitted to smoking weed twice over the last 18 months to help him deal with chronic back pain, has become a hot topic in the sports world. As a result, a number of players and coaches in the NBA have since voiced their opinion on the matter. Read

Klay Thompson supports medical marijuana use but ‘not recreation use’

12/5/16--Klay Thompson believes pot can help with people in pain, but should not be used for recreation use. “That should not be of its use ever, but there’s obviously a medicinal side to that people are finding out have benefits, nurse especially people in really high pain,” Thompson states. Read

Meme sums up the debate on marijuana use by NFL players

12/1/16--Several NFL players have spoken out against the league's strict marijuana policy given its legal status in 28 states and its known medical properties, and the severity of punishment for testing positive for marijuana in contrast to those handed down to players who have, for example, admitted to domestic abuse has renewed a conversation about the NFL's policy priorities. Read 

Steve Kerr admits he’s experimented with marijuana to treat chronic pain

12/3/16--Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that he doesn't use marijuana because it didn't agree with him, but tried doing so to treat his chronic pain in the past. Kerr believes pro athletes shouldn't be punished for using marijuana to alleviate pain when they're "prescribed Vicodin like it's Vitamin C, like it's no big deal." Read

NFL players petition league to look at marijuana as painkiller

11/24/16--A group of retired football players and medical professionals are petitioning the NFL to consider marijuana as an alternative to prescription painkillers. The player’s union is currently forming a committee devoted to exploring pain management issues for current and retired athletes. The effort comes at a time when marijuana is more widely available across the country. Read

NFL players searching for painkiller choices hope for relaxed marijuana ban

11/21/16--In the next couple of weeks, the NFL Player's Association will announce it has formed a new committee to examine pain issues for players. Marijuana is going to be one of the substances they take a look at. The NFL issued a written statement on the subject, saying in part that the league would be open to reconsidering its policy, which it collectively bargained with the player's union. But for now, the league's medical experts haven't recommended any changes. Read

NFLPA to study marijuana as a potential pain-management tool

11/9/16--In the aftermath of a new set of states legalizing marijuana use in the national elections, the NFL Players Association is forming a committee to actively study the possibility of allowing players to use marijuana as a pain-management tool. The union is forming an NFL players pain management committee that will study players’ use of marijuana as a pain-management mechanism, among other things, though the union has not yet determined if an adjustment to the sport’s ban on marijuana use is warranted. Read

Survey: NFL players say some teammates use marijuana before they play

11/5/16--According to a player survey conducted by ESPN.com, 22 percent of players say that they've "known a teammate to use marijuana before a game." The survey included a total of 226 players, with 127 of those coming from the AFC and 99 respondents coming from the NFC. Since most players in the NFL aren't drug-tested weekly, any player not in the league's drug program is only subjected to one test per year and players can "prepare" for that test. So, it's possible that a player can use marijuana before a game, and not get suspended. Read

Majority of NFL players say medical marijuana would reduce painkiller use

11/3/16--A majority of NFL players feel that use of chemical painkillers would be reduced if the league allowed a therapeutic use exemption for marijuana use. Marijuana is one of eight banned drugs on the NFL’s list of substances of abuse. ESPN The Magazine surveyed 226 of the league’s nearly 3, advice 000 players on active rosters or practice squads and found 61 percent in agreement that players would take fewer injections of strong anti-inflammatory drugs if they could treat pain legally with marijuana. Read

NBA veteran Al Harrington: ‘Marijuana healed my grandmother’

10/24/16--Former NBA player Al Harrington is now using his platform to raise awareness about the need to legalize, decriminalize, and destigmatize marijuana. He began his work where his heart is—with his grandmother who suffered from glaucoma and has diabetes, but whose life has apparently been enriched since taking cannabis. In an exclusive interview with The Root, Harrington discusses California’s Proposition 64, the war on drugs, and advocating for the legalizing of marijuana. Read

Is marijuana a performance-enhancing drug for athletes?

9/22/16--Alongside protein powders and work out supplements, viagra buy some athletes and their trainers are smoking, eating and anointing themselves in cannabis oils, joints and edibles. Some say it helps relieve anxiety and facilitates focus, while others say they would never dream of playing high. Read

Former NFL player Eben Britton says he played his best games while stoned

9/19/16--Eben Britton, who spent six seasons in the NFL, claims that he often played his best games after smoking marijuana. Britton said he estimates “over 50 percent and it could be as high as 75 percent” of NFL players smoke weed.Read

Ian Wright: ‘Pre-game spliff was dopey’

9/14/16--Arsenal and Palace legend Ian Wright nearly threw away his career smoking marijuana before a match. A random drug test was a wake-up call to give up drugs and focus on the football. Read

Marijuana just made me want to ‘eat potato chips’

8/27/16--This week in Charles Barkley Says Something Funny, the TNT analyst talks about Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliot’s purported pre-game visit to a marijuana dispensary in Seattle earlier this week. Read

Owner Jerry Jones on Ezekiel Elliott’s visit to a marijuana dispensary

8/26/16--Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott went to a legal marijuana dispensary in Seattle. Although the use of marijuana by a NFL player is a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, team owner Jerry Jones isn't saying Elliott did anything to violate that policy, but he is concerned with the optics. Read