I read an interesting story recently on the front page of Yahoo.com titled "ESPN's NFL player poll about marijuana had some surprising results." I then read the source article on ESPN.com, "Survey: Two-thirds of NFL players say legal pot equals fewer painkillers." The title is fairly self-explanatory. First, just to ensure we're on the same page: This is a workers' compensation issue. The NFL is an employer. The players are employees. The gridiron is a workplace. Pain and injury are realities for the vast majority if not all players/employees at some point in their careers. See also: 4 Goals for the NFL’s Medical Officer The survey was of 226 players, 11% of the total number of players on active rosters and practice squads. So I would consider it a statistically significant sample, and, depending on how the 226 were selected, likely reflective of the full population. Following are the highlights as tweeted out by @ESPNNFL:
- Nearly three-quarters of NFL players surveyed (71%) say marijuana should be legal in all states.
- About one-in-five (22%) say they've known a teammate to use marijuana before a game.
- Two-thirds (67%) say the NFL's testing system for recreational drugs is not hard to beat.
- When asked which was better for recovery and pain control -- marijuana or painkillers -- 41% say marijuana, compared with 32% for painkillers.
- More than half (61%) say that, if marijuana were an allowed substance, fewer players would take painkillers.
- 61% said marijuana should be legal, and of those ...
- 33% with no restrictions
- 43% with restrictions on purchase amounts
- 24% only with medical prescription