Marijuana. You’ve heard of it. The herb has been in the news a lot lately, what with it being legal for recreational use in two states and with public opinion now favoring its legalization nationwide.
With attitudes toward it changing, the NFL — not exactly America’s most progressive institution — has opened its mind to relaxing its policy against marijuana. Commissioner Roger Goodell has recently said the league would consider allowing players to use marijuana for medical purposes.
That would align NFL policy with the laws of 20 states. In practice, these laws amount to, “You can have pot if you’re in pain."
Enter New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, to slice right through this all for you.
And that, more or less, is the core argument against criminalization of marijuana (and, more broadly, the so-called “war on drugs”). The law isn’t stopping people from using pot and neither, according to Cromartie, is the NFL drug policy.
Cromartie’s position on the issue is that of a pragmatist. If the policy isn’t an effective deterrent, then what is the point of it?
Well, as with all things corresponding to major corporate brands or public institutions, there is the matter of image. Under federal law, marijuana is still illegal. A unilateral green light from the league office would position the NFL in open political opposition to the federal law. And while there would be no direct consequence to that, it still seems like an unlikely move for an otherwise apolitical institution.
Of course, there is no law requiring employers to test for it, and the NFL could quietly end that practice. In the meantime, Cromartie might be best off keeping his inclinations to himself.
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