Why the NFL should follow baseball’s marijuana policy



December 19, 2019 - 9:36 AM

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon before a game against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 29. TIMOTHY T. LUDWIG/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

SEATTLE — This column is not exactly directed at Josh Gordon and his heartbreaking situation.

There are some extenuating circumstances that make Gordon an entity unto himself — the repeated violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy (eight suspensions in addition to an arrest for driving while impaired) and the fact that his latest suspension, the one that bounced him off the Seahawks on Monday, also nailed him for using a performance-enhancing substance.

But Gordon’s saga does, in an indirect way, shine the spotlight on the NFL’s marijuana policy, one that is overdue for a change that aligns it with modern sensibilities.

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