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Pete Carroll supports more medicinal marijuana research by NFL

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Pete Carroll, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer are the only coaches to win both an NCAA championship and Super Bowl. Carroll led USC past Oklahoma, 55-19, in 2005, but the Trojans were later forced to vacate the win. Credit: AP / Matt Slocum

Pete Carroll said he hopes the NFL continues exploring the medicinal value of marijuana, although he did not go so far as to say he is in favor of removing it from the league’s list of banned substances.

“We have to continue to explore and compete to find ways that are going to make our game a better game and take care of our players in the best way possible,” the Seahawks coach said when asked about recent comments from Roger Goodell that the NFL will explore uses for the drug. “The fact that it’s in the world of medicine is obviously something the Commissioner realizes and him making the expression that we need to follow the information and the research absolutely I’m in support of.”

Both Super Bowl teams hail from states that have legalized recreational marijuana use. Twenty states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal marijuana. Carroll said he and his coaches have not yet “debated” the idea of using the drug to treat players.

“Regardless of what other stigmas may be involved, I think we have to do this because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they’re coming to some conclusions,” Carroll said.

Some of the players were also on board with the idea.

“I think anything that can make our job a little easier without sacrificing our health at the same time is good for the league, it’s good for players,” Seahawks FB Michael Robinson said. “I’m all for alternative forms of recovery and all those types of things – hyperbaric chambers, o-zoning, whatever it may be. So, I’m all for it. Whatever can help the player, I’m for.”
 

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