Ex-NFL players partner with Richmond company on marijuana research

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Ex-NFL players partner with Richmond-based company on medical marijuana research

A coalition of former NFL players has hired a Richmond-based company to provide medical-grade formulations of marijuana oil for research purposes.

The Gridiron Cannabis Coalition announced Thursday (news release here) its intent to study whether cannabis extracts can effectively treat long-term damage from sports careers. The group, which includes more than 30 ex-NFL players, will be provided its medical grade cannabis from Richmond-based Constance Therapeutics, described as having one of the most advanced labs on the West Coast.

The coalition includes co-founder Boo Williams, a former tight-end with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs; ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon and Pro-Bowler Ricky Williams.

Since the U.S. government won’t allow for medical marijuana research, suffering former athletes are taking it upon themselves to test the drug’s medicinal merits.

Read more about this story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Photo courtesy of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition.

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