Editor’s note: Former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe made headlines in March 2016 when he became the first active NFL player to advocate for cannabis research. He retired from football in July at age 29 because of concerns about his future health.
Recently retired NFL player Eugene Monroe pens his first column for The Cannabist:
As I make an exit from the world I’ve known for the past 18 years, I’m stepping into another that I had avoided for many more. This new world is full of fighters, and while they are very different in stature, their hearts are every bit as large.
Many battles exist here: healthcare, social justice, freedom, choice, research and its barriers — and the dank stench of stigmatization. That loud odor (a scent so strong you can hear it) could have landed me in jail, tarnished my reputation forever, and at one point I believed it could fry my brain.
As I reflect, it’s funny I actually thought my brain would fry like breakfast eggs. Now I know that the U.S. government patented marijuana’s neuro-protectant cannabinoids. And certainly if so, our nation’s brightest minds should have the freedom to research this naturally grown plant to the same scrutiny levels of synthetic drugs.
But there lies another multilayered war zone.
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