Pro Athletes Make the Case for Cannabis in Boston

As the struggles of current and former professional athletes have come under increased scrutiny in recent years—including traumatic brain injuries and reports linking contact sports with opioid abuse and mental health issues—sports stars assembled in Boston this week say one possible remedy is not getting the respect or airtime it deserves: marijuana.

“Most Americans are very affected by the stigma” of the drug, says Eben Britton, a retired offensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears, and a founding member of the pro-marijuana nonprofit Athletes for Care. “I think that is beginning to change.”

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