Most Americans believe professional athletes should be allowed to use cannabis for pain treatment, a new study has found.
Roughly 69 percent of the 1,122 adults questioned in a Yahoo/Marist poll in March said they have no problem with athletes using cannabis to recover from sports-related aches and pains.
That works out to about seven in 10 Americans putting their stamp of approval of cannabis as a healing tool for athletes, compared to the 26 percent of respondents who disapproved and the five percent who said they didn’t know.
The same survey found similar numbers of Americans approving recreational cannabis use among athletes. The demographics most likely to disapprove of athletes consuming cannabis include those aged 70 and older, political conservatives, and those who have never consumed cannabis.
The survey results were released in light of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s recent suggestion that he may negotiate with the NFL Players Association to change the league’s policy regarding players’ cannabis use. While cannabis is currently banned by the NFL, players who aren’t in the substance abuse program are tested for recreational drugs only once per year between April 20 and early August.
h/t Yahoo Sports