NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana advocates education about cannabis for pain relief, healing

By Jesse Reed
Jun 27, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers former quarterback Joe Montana and wife Jennifer at the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

As the NFL and NFLPA move toward potentially removing cannabis as a banned substance in the coming years, four-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana has come out in favor of more education regarding this medicine.

Montana was one of eight former NFL players interviewed by Playboy magazine on this topic.

“Legalization is picking up steam on a global level and I feel like now is the time to spread information about the curing capabilities of this plant. As with any medicine, increased accessibility comes with the need for education.”

Eugene Monroe was also interviewed by the magazine. As he did when he spoke with Sportsnaut about this topic, he continues to spread the message that cannabis is so much more beneficial than opiates. It’s a message that is gaining steam, especially in light of the research that shows cannabis can be extremely helpful for players dealing with concussions.

At this time, marijuana is still a Schedule I drug in the United States of America, though many states have legalized it for medicinal and recreational use. There is political pressure being applied from both sides of the issue, and it remains to be seen what will happen in the coming years in regard to its legality.