The two teams in this year’s Super Bowl are from the only two states (Colorado and Washington) that have legalized marijuana, so it’s no surprise that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is fielding questions about the league’s stance on the substance this week.
Goodell said at an event Thursday that the league would consider allowing medical marijuana if it could help players dealing with concussions, according to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal.
Goodell says if medical experts ever say medical marijuna would help with concussions then would consider allowing it.—
daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) January 23, 2014
Goodell’s sentiments fall in line with comments he made in January, when he said he could envision a time when players use medical marijuana to treat pains and injuries — in states where it’s legal, of course.
“I don’t know what’s going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries,” Goodell said, per ESPN.com. “But we will continue to support the evolution of medicine.”
With player safety, and concussions especially, taking center stage in the NFL, and the United States’ increasing tolerance of the drug, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the league allowed it in some way in the near future.