Pete Carroll: NFL should continue exploring medicinal value of marijuana

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Pete Carroll said he hopes the NFL will continue to explore the medicinal value of marijuana, although he did not go so far as to say he is in favor of removing it from the league’s list of banned substances.

“We have to continue to explore and compete to find ways that are going to make our game a better game and take care of our players in the best way possible,” the Seahawks’ coach said when asked about recent comments from Roger Goodell that the NFL will explore uses for the drug. “The fact that it’s in the world of medicine is obviously something the commissioner realizes and him making the expression that we need to follow the information and the research, absolutely I’m in support of.”

Both Super Bowl teams hail from states that have legalized recreational marijuana use. Twenty states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal marijuana. Carroll said he and his coaches have not yet “debated” the idea of using the drug to treat players.

“Regardless of what other stigmas may be involved, I think we have to do this because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it,” he said.


The Seahawks held their first football workout of the week at the Giants’ facility Monday, but Giants president and CEO John Mara said the team did not go to great lengths to hide its secrets.

“I think if they were looking at our notebooks for this year, there’s not a heck of a lot to take away,” he said of the team’s 7-9 finish.

Still, it must have been odd to have another team wandering the halls.

“It’s what we signed up for,” Mara said. “We certainly would rather be playing the game ourselves, but we knew there was a significant chance that somebody else would be using our facility. I’m kind of happy it ended up being them instead of some of the other possibilities … It could have been worse.”


The Seahawks practiced in the Giants’ fieldhouse, not outdoors … Seahawks players and coaches will be on 18 podiums at Media Day on Tuesday, but running back Marshawn Lynch was not assigned to one.

The notoriously media-unfriendly Lynch, who was fined $50,000 by the league earlier this month for not being available to reporters, might decide to pay another fine and duck the mandatory session.


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