Back in September, we reported that Buffalo Bills tackle Seantrel Henderson was facing a four-game suspension from the NFL for testing positive for marijuana. Now, as the SF Gate reports, Henderson is facing a second, 10-game suspension after using cannabis to treat his severe Crohn's disease.
Henderson's Crohn's disease is so severe that earlier this year he underwent surgery to remove 2.5 feet of his bowels. As a source told NFL.com, "He needs cannabis. You can’t take pain killers with the way his intestines are." Yet the NFL's prohibition on cannabis - banning players from using marijuana recreationally or medicinally - remains in place.
Several studies have found marijuana can be an effective treatment for people diagnosed with Crohn's disease.
In New York, the state's medical marijuana program specifically lists patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease as being potentially eligible to obtain medical marijuana.
After the first suspension, his agent Brian Fettner said, "There is zero allowable medical exemption for this per the NFL; however, there clearly should be."
Henderson is appealing the latest suspension. The NFL final decision on the suspension will be made this week.
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