LAS VEGAS – Count Michael Chiesa and Rose Namajunas among the many backers for continued reform in the war against marijuana.
Football players take an alarming array of pain medication to get back on the field but some believe medical cannabis is a safer and more effective alternative.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.
Tiffany Mraz ~ KPHO.com ~   PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - Some former NFL players think marijuana is the answer to chronic pain, head injuries and saving lives. 
Edgar Thompson, Brendan Sonnone and Shannon Green ~ Orlando Sentinel ~   Schools are stuck enforcing the rules of a college-football system that hasn't embraced some of society's growing acceptance of marijuana use.
Oscar Pascual ~ SFGate.com ~   Ronda Rousey just made it known that she’s against drug testing for marijuana.
Mike Freeman ~ Bleacher Report ~   Current players say marijuana use in the sport is extensive, with many using the drug to deal with the ramifications of head trauma.
Stefanie Loh ~ San Diego Union-Tribune ~   There’s a growing segment of athletes who believe the health benefits to be gained from marijuana outweigh the risks – especially when compared to the opioids they’ve long been prescribed.
Mike Florio ~ NBC Sports ~   As expected, the one-game suspension imposed on Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones came from a violation of the law relating to a banned recreational substance.
Mark Kiszla ~ The Denver Post ~   Let's call a cease-fire on the NFL's senseless war against marijuana.
David Steele ~ Sporting News ~   The nation’s laws, and its perspective, on marijuana are shifting, and the NFL is trying to keep pace. 
Josh Kelly ~ Daily Nebraskan   An increasing number of states have become comfortable with recreational marijuana use, but the use of the drug at universities and in athletics remains a gray area for coaches to deal with.
Fox Sports ~ NFL   DENVER (AP) Former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson says he believes the NFL will have no choice but to remove marijuana from its lists of banned substances in the near future.