As time has gone by, the laws concerning marijuana have changed around the country. Some state have totally legalized pot. Others have made it legal for medical purposes.
However, these law changes have placed a lot of people in serious limbo. Even if you live in a state that allows medical marijuana your company may still be able to fire you for drug use if you actually use medical marijuana.
This is proven by the case of a football player for the Buffalo Bills. Offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson has been suspended for the second time for his use of marijuana for helping him cope with the pain of Crohn’s Disease.
Crohn’s Disease is defined as “an inflammatory bowel disease … [that] causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract.” Crohn’s disease can cause “abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition,” by the Mayo clinic.
There is no cure for Crohn’s Disease. One of the things that helps ease the pain according to medical studies is – weed. “I’ve got doctors telling me this is the No. 1 medicine that would help your disease,” Henderson said in October, according to The Buffalo News. “You try to tell that to the league and it seems like they didn’t care too much.”
To deal with the pain, Henderson smoked marijuana. Medical marijuana is legal in New York State. As one source told NFL.com, “He needs cannabis. You can’t take pain killers with the way his intestines are.” The issue is, while the NFL allows medical exemptions for some banned substances, like Adderall, marijuana is not one of them.
“There is zero allowable medical exemption for this per the NFL; however, there clearly should be,” Brian Fettner, Henderson’s agent, said earlier this season.
Since this is Henderson’s second “offense” he is facing a ten game suspension without pay. If he continues to seek pain relief from the one thing that works best without affecting his intestines, he faces a lifetime suspension.
Several years ago the NFL was being called The No Fun League for not allowing touchdown dances. Since then we have discovered that the league knew about the links between its game and concussions and brain diseases and did nothing about protecting the players. Now, we have a player with a serious disease being suspended for using the one thing, medical marijuana, to ease his pain being suspended.
I think the better description is the No Feelings League, especially when it comes to the health and safety of its players. But this is what happens when a company decides that it is the sole authority to decide what is “medical” and what is not.
It doesn’t matter if you are talking about governments or companies, the will of the people are always secondary to the rules of the elite. The NFL should be ashamed of itself. They should apologize to Henderson and reinstate him and even give him back his pay from the four games he lost in his first suspension.
I hope that Henderson sues the NFL and wins big. There is talk about how the NFL is losing viewers this year. There a lot of reasons as to why it is losing viewers. Maybe, just maybe, the fans are tired of seeing their stars being treated like property with no feelings, no rights, and no pain.
I gave up watching football years ago. They don’t even play football anymore. The players are treated badly. If you care to do a little research, you will discover that injuries in football rose dramatically when players stopped playing fundamental football.
Sorry, but you don’t tackle someone by simply running into them trying to knock them out of the game. And, the league has done nothing to end this farce. Why? Because they treat their players like gladiators and love the idea that this increase in unnecessary violence increases viewership.
Stories like this one make me glad I stopped watching years ago. Yes, players make millions of dollars. But, they are employees and it is the responsibility of the league to help protect them as much as possible. If the NFL can get away with this, what makes you feel safe at your workplace?