First of all, marijuana is an illegal drug and this article does not condone its use, but there are some questions as to why the NFL has it on their banned substances list. Marijuana use only impedes someone’s physical performance and mental ability; it definitely is not a performance-enhancing drug. A player who smokes weed won’t have an advantage over anyone else on the field; in fact they will have a disadvantage.
Why does the NFL feel the need to play police officer? Using an illegal drug is exactly that: illegal. It is up to the law to punish people who do something illegal, not the NFL. By testing for pot and punishing players for it’s use the NFL is basically just publicizing
their dirty laundry and it doesn’t appear they are gaining anything because marijuana use doesn’t effect the purity of the game like steroids do.
It appears Denver RB Travis Henry will face a one-year suspension for testing positive for marijuana. He is just the most recent and there will surely be more this season. Dear Fans, some of your favorite players smoke blunts but just haven’t gotten caught yet. The NFL is jeopardizing players’ careers by punishing them for something that doesn’t affect their performance on the field. But a similar argument could be made for the dummies smoking the dope; they are jeopardizing their careers by getting high. But the bottom line: Should the NFL even waste their time testing for marijuana? What do you think?