Nate Johnson, shows off the marijuana strain called "Beast Mode OG", named after NFL player Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle, Washington Jan. 28, 2014.
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With the Super Bowl only days away, the nation’s attention is focused on the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. On Thursday, Alex Wagner interviewed former Bronco’s tight end Nate Jackson about the two team’s home state connections: both Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana.

 When asked if the NFL should allow medical marijuana, Jackson conveyed his belief that marijuana is a safer pain reliever than pills. “For me, personally, it’s not as addictive  [Marijuana] helped me take my mind off my body and the pain and…there were no withdrawal symptoms.” In his memoir, Slow Getting Up Jackson explains how “pain is a big problem in the NFL” and marijuana could help alleviate that.

 While the NFL is under fire for how it addresses head injuries, medical marijuana would be a new item on the league’s agenda. To get the inside scoop, watch the entire Alex Wagner Nate Jackson interview here!

 

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