Roger Goodell says NFL's marijuana policy unlikely to change

Friday January 31st, 2014

Roger Goodell fielded questions regarding Player's insurance and the possibility of a team in London. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Roger Goodell fielded questions regarding players' insurance and the possibility of a team in London. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league is unlikely to allow its players to use marijuana medicinally any time soon, according to's Ryan Wilson.

Goodell was asked at a press conference on Friday if the league would consider allowing players to use the drug, as it has been decriminalized in Washington and Colorado, the home states of the Seahawks and Broncos. The commissioner emphasized that the substance was still viewed as illegal nationally, and that the league would do what research indicated was best for the players.

"It's questionable with respect to the positive impact but there is certainly some very strong evidence to the negative impacts, including addiction and other issues... Our experts right now are not indicating we should change our policy in any way, we are not actively considering that at this point and time."

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Goodell said that he also received random drug testing and is "happy to say that I am clean."

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