Former NFLer: This Is Why Athletes Are Afraid To Admit Using Marijuana

Eben Britton is a former NFL offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears. Britton started playing football in high school and he eventually continued into college to play for the University of Arizona. By 2007, Britton had established himself as one of the top pass protectors in college football, earning him All-American recognition. He then decided to forgo his final year of athletic eligibility to enter the 2009 NFL draft, where he was considered one of the better offensive linemen. Britton fell to the second round where he was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars, quickly becoming their starting offensive tackle. He later signed with the Chicago Bears in 2013 and again in 2014.

During his football career, Britton says he used cannabis as a preferred method of pain management. He is also an advocate for removing the drug from the list of banned substances in the NFL, “So I think things like this, events where we can broaden the awareness, broaden our understanding of the plant as a whole, can really, those ripple effects travel out into the mainstream and it starts to change the ideas of how we think and talk about cannabis.”


Marijuana reform is coming to the US Virgin Islands as well as Trinidad and Tobago after both groups of Caribbean islands changed their cannabis laws recently. US Virgin IslandsThis week, the US Virgin Islands' newly elected governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the US territory. The legalization movement has been steadily growing in the Virgin Islands since 2014 when voters approved a referendum in favor of legalizing the substance.

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