A recent review of the league’s drug policy sought to institute blood testing for human growth hormone, strengthen the punishment for DUI arrests and reclassify controlled substances, but maintained the strict rules on marijuana as evidenced when Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon received a 16 game suspension after testing positive for the drug – a punishment many have criticized in comparison to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was initially suspended for only two games after he was arrested for assaulting his then-fiancée.
Washington argued that while the drug KannaLife Sciences is working to develop would cause a positive result on a drug test for an active player, CBD has no psychoactive effects. And he added, research is piling up that shows the benefits – especially for football players — outweigh any negative stigma associated with marijuana.this website.
“Everybody calls football a contact sport — it’s a collision sport. And I know the story right now is domestic violence, but concussions and CTE … this is not going away, because the players are getting bigger and faster and stronger, and so they need something to protect the head,” Washington said. “This is something that players are not going to get high off of or anything like that because it has no psychoactive effects.”
Petkanas said his company plans to file an investigational new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration in early 2015. But, he added, this is just the tip of the iceberg for medical marijuana.
“We’re looking at a 15 to 20 year curve of really isolating some of these canabinoids … and how they play a role in relieving stress in multiple diseases and disorders,” Petkanas said. “It interplays with our inner canabanoid system.”