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The NFL is finally listening to medical marijuana researchers

It's the first step, a baby step, in a very long process, but after years of willfully ignoring the drug's potential benefits to players, it's a good sign the league actually has people listening.

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THE NFL IS FINALLY LISTENING TO MARIJUANA RESEARCHERS: Eugene Monroe has been trying to get the NFL to take medicinal marijuana seriously for some time now, and he finally might have the league's official ear. Outwardly, the NFL is still keeping its distance from marijuana despite the nation's softening attitudes and a pile of research pointing to potential medical benefits. Behind the scenes, the league's senior vice president for player health and safety -- the NFL's first big wig to acknowledge the link between CTE and head injuries -- had a call with researchers recently to learn more about the study Monroe is funding, the Washington Post reports. It was the NFL that requested the call too.

We're still a long way from the NFL normalizing its view of pot, but given the glacial pace the league moves on these kinds of issues, it's hard not to see this as a first step in the right direction.

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