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Should NFL legalize marijuana for pain relief?

After a brutal game like football, players need pain relief – oh hey, Amendment 64 passed, legalizing marijuana in Colorado.

Sports agent Peter Schaffer told CBS4’s Vic Lombardi that marijuana may not be a bad solution.

“Players used to take toradol (pain-relieving drug) as a pain remedy prior to games and after games,” Schaffer said. “That has now been outlawed because of possible long term effects to kidneys and livers that might happen in 20 years. We can’t bury our head in the sand, and not realize they need some type of pain relief after games. “

Even with Amendment 64 legalizing the recreational use of smoking pot in Colorado, the NFL isn’t ready to change its stance.

“Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today on Wednesday.

As for future use, perhaps Colorado and Washington are gateways for the NFL and more states to open up to legalization.

“Maybe that’s what has to happen,” Schaffer said, ” more states say that’s accepted.”

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