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Randy Moss: 'Cannabinoids Provide Benefit'

Jul 18, 2016 11:41AM ● By Randy Robinson

Randy Moss (Photo by Keith Allison from Flickr Creative Commons)

Retired wide receiver Randy Moss called for the NFL to lift its ban on marijuana on the most recent episode of Monday Morning Quarterback, reports CBS. 

"I think the NFL just needs to loosen up the rules and let everybody live," Moss says.

Randy Moss has never been afraid about being open with his cannabis use. In 2005, he publicly admitted that he occasionally puffed a spliff during his NFL career, which spanned from 1998 to 2012. During that time, he became known as one of the league's greatest wide receivers, setting records that include most single-season touchdown receptions for a rookie (17 receptions in 1998) and most single-season touchdown receptions (23 receptions in 2007). 

When Moss was asked about "character issues" stemming from marijuana use, he replied: 

"My definition of 'character issues' is based on if a guy is hurting his teammates. I think when you are caught on camera smoking something or slamming a six-pack of beer, that's not a character issue. I think if a guy is out there driving under the influence, beating women or doing something that will really hurt others, that's where you have to be able to draw the line."

Recreational use aside, some pro players have asked the NFL to allow medical marijuana for chronic pain, inflammation, and head trauma. Growing medical, scientific, and anecdotal evidence suggests cannabis can protect all cells in the human body, including brain cells.

Should the NFL allow its players to consume cannabis, either medicinally or recreationally? Let us know in the comments below.