Goodell willing to consider allowing players to use medical marijuana

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Thursday that if medical marijuana can help players with concussions or any other type of  head injuries they will consider allowing it.

“I’m not a medical expert. We will obviously follow signs. We will follow medicine and if they determine this could be a proper usage in any context, we will consider that,” Goodell said via USA TODAY Sports. “Our medical experts are not saying that right now.”

It sounds like the NFL is currently researching other ways to help detect and prevent head injuries.

BrainScope Company, based in Bethesda, Md., is working with Purdue University’s Neurotrauma Group to enhance its handheld traumatic brain injury detection technology. The tool, which would fit over a player’s head and could be used on a sideline, would provide a more specialized assessment of any possible brain injury suffered on the field.

BrainScope’s device is currently under development for trial use only, meaning that it would need to get FDA approval before it could be used in a practical setting. The potential for that future prospect with BrainScope as well as the evolution of blood tests, new brain imaging techniques and other groundbreaking studies has the commissioner feeling positive about the next frontier in combating the league’s concussion crisis.

“Not only are we going to get better at diagnosis, but we’re going to make a difference in the prognosis and the treatment,” Goodell said. “People are going to get better.”