Friday, 17 January 2014

Legal Implications of Medical Marijuana and the NFL

If an NFL player received a physician's prescription to use marijuana as a medicine, could the NFL deny him?  The answer is probably yes, since the player's contract requires him to adhere to collectively-bargained restrictions, one of which is no use of marijuana.  As to whether the player could seek a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act to use marijuana, while it's true that the ADA can't be contracted around, the Ninth Circuit recently held that medical marijuana is not protected by the ADA.

I spoke with Maggie Gray today about this topic and the arrest of Browns receiver Davone Bess -- who was arrested at an airport after tweeting a photo which seemed to show marijuana -- on SI Now:

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