Medical Cannabis and Professional Sports
As Missouri and St. Louis gear up for a possible Blues playoff run this spring, the NHL is leading the way on a more progressive view on medical marijuana (MMJ). ESPN’s Emily Kaplan recently looked at medical cannabis use in professional sports for pain management, a crucial component of Missouri’s new MMJ program, and how leagues are adjusting to our society’s quickly changing attitudes and laws.
“Society’s views on marijuana are evolving — fast. On Oct. 16, Canada became the largest country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. Coupled with results from the midterm elections in the United States, this is the landscape: Of the 31 teams in the NHL, 28 play in states where players have access to legal marijuana, whether it is for medicinal or recreational purposes. That’s the highest percentage (90.3) of any of the major four North American pro leagues, but hardly an anomaly.”
She also spoke on March 8 to The Fast Lane on 101 ESPN in St. Louis. The MMJ segment starts at 15:00:
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