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Derrick Morgan is the latest to join this stance (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Recently there has been an effort from former and current NFL Players to legalized Marijuana as a pain killer for NFL athletes. Titans linebacker is joining those efforts becoming the second active player to do so. Eugene Monroe became the first and may have been consequently released by the Ravens for doing so.  In an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo Sports, Morgan discusses why he believes this is an important issue.

“I feel like the NFL has a responsibility to look into it, to delegate time and money to research this for its players,” Morgan said. “Given how much influence that the NFL has on society, I think it would help the greater good.  There’s a lot of people suffering and a lot of people that can benefit from cannabis as a medical treatment.”

“I think for the NFL to say that cannabis does not benefit the long-term health of its players without actually having gone and done the research,” Morgan said. “I don’t think that’s an accurate statement.”

However the has been willing to learn more about the issue doing their due diligence. It is possible further research will change their minds but that is unlikely. This is something that will likely have to be discussed by the players union to see what they have in mind. It appears this is something that isn’t going to go away and the NFL will have to take a stand sooner or later.