It’s not exactly the NFL’s new world, but the NFL Players Association is doing something new.
On Thursday, the league’s labor union announced a partnership with Colorado-based medical marijuana company Tilray that will help athletes get the medical marijuana they need.
Tilray will help players with pain management, pain management assistance, relief from the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.
It will also offer medical marijuana to the owners of NFL teams, who are also eligible to receive it through the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The players union and Tilray said the partnership will help bring the benefits of marijuana to athletes with medical conditions.
It’s also a sign of how the NFL is moving toward a more positive view of cannabis in the sport.
While the NFL has previously stated that it would not tolerate the use of marijuana, there’s still a long way to go.
And the association says it will continue to fight against discrimination against athletes.
“There are still too many issues to overcome in the NFL that remain in place that prevent a player from accessing marijuana for medical purposes,” said Jason Fabrizio, a spokesman for the union.
“We will continue working toward that goal and hope to see it become a reality by the end of the year.”