Marijuana got Ricky Williams into the CFL, and he believes it might be crucial to saving all of football. The NFL is facing a lawsuit alleging its teams "intentionally disregarded players' health by providing painkillers," which (along with the ongoing concussion crisis in both the CFL and NFL) has many worried about the future of football. Williams, who played for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts as well as the NFL's New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens, credits marijuana for preserving his health during his football career (even if one of the suspensions he got over it forced him to come to Canada for a stint that was more successful than many realize). Other players in the CFL and NFL are following his lead, and marijuana may be important for helping them avoid painkiller addiction as well.
Since Williams' playing career ended, he's served as a college coach and as a Longhorn Network analyst. He spoke about the benefits of medical marijuana at the High Times SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup this week, on a panel titled "How Cannabis Will Save The NFL." However, while the NFL's still trying to prohibit medical marijuana, there's a test case north of the border; the CFL's lack of testing for marijuana means players are already exploring it instead of conventional painkillers. Here's what Williams had to say on the panel about the benefits of marijuana over painkillers:
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