NFL Suspends Player 10 Games For Doctor-Prescribed Medical Marijuana

Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson has been suspended by the NFL for 10 games for the use of his doctor-prescribed medical marijuana. The player suffers from Crohn’s disease, and uses marijuana to treat the pain from the chronic inflammation in his digestive tract caused by the disease.

Despite having a prescription and adhering to medicinal dosage, the NFL considers Henderson’s marijuana use a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. This is actually the second time Henderson has been suspended for marijuana use this season.

Earlier in the year when Henderson was suspended from four games he appealed the decision, but the NFL upheld the ruling. However, it appears the NFL may be considering Henderson’s case differently than they did earlier in the year. More importantly, their statements regarding Henderson are different than those the NFL has made regarding other players who have advocated for marijuana use.

In a post on NFL.com made after Henderson’s second suspension the league states that the player “needs cannabis. You can’t take painkillers with the way his intestines are.” The report goes on to say that Henderson may pursue litigation to overturn his suspension.

While he would not be the first player to sue the NFL, he would be the first to make a really good case for medical marijuana. Henderson’s condition is no joke. He has undergone two intestinal surgeries. His struggle to manage the condition combined with his legal prescription use of marijuana might be enough to challenge the NFL’s zero tolerance policy.

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