Jerry Jones may look geriatric but the Cowboys longtime owner has some modern views on the NFL’s very outdated marijuana policy.
Behind a recent closed door owners’ meeting, it was the 74-year-old Jones who quarterbacked for Mary Jane:
Jones also raised the question of the NFL’s position on marijuana. Jones, per a source who heard the comments, wants the league to drop its prohibition on marijuana use. Jones was reminded that the issue falls under the umbrella of collective bargaining, which would require the players to make one or more concessions in exchange for significant changes to the marijuana prohibition.
Currently, multiple failed drug tests for marijuana (on 4/20 nonetheless) still result in suspensions. That’s caused stars like Josh Gordon, Martavis Bryant, and Justin Blackmon to become at-home observers.
Separately, the league office reiterated to PFT its position that any changes to the substance-abuse policy would occur within the confines of labor negotiations, and that the league is willing to listen to the medical community about any potential changes to the rules regarding marijuana. [Pro Football Talk]
It’s a matter of if, not when the NFL and other leagues completely stop caring about cannabis consumption and just let their players light up.
As for Jerry Jones, you got to hand it to the guy for at least trying. Of course, there’s somewhat of an ulterior motive at play: Cowboys like Ezekiel Elliot and Randy Gregory have, the last few years, made headlines for off-field marijuana escapades.