Cannabis industry insiders are sitting on the edge of their seat awaiting more information about a possible federal crackdown on recreational marijuana, but one other group of professionals is also going into panic mode, and they don’t grow, process or sell cannabis.
In a new report from Bleacher Report, NFL agents say they have been stressing about their player’s cannabis use and the idea of federal enforcement.
"Stay away from marijuana at all costs," Bleacher Report says one agent told several of his players in a series of phone calls. "This isn't about the NFL any longer. This is about the government coming after you."
Agents, and the players they represent, aren’t worried about the NFL’s drug tests. Those come once a year, in the summertime when players have ample time to prepare - they are hard to fail. In every facet of pro football, people are concerned about Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, and an administration that has already signaled their disdain for marijuana.
Bleacher Report spoke to a number of agents, players and team officials who were definitely shaken by Sean Spicer and Jeff Sessions’ recent comments about cannabis. One agent said that Spicer’s comments "sent a chill down my spine. I started warning my players."
The NFL Player’s Association has already made it a point that they will be pursuing more lenient league rules concerning marijuana in their upcoming collective bargaining process, but insiders suspect the issue will go further than the league.
"I don't think it's crazy to think that the government would use high-profile athletes to make a statement," One active NFL player said.
There’s been nothing definitive from the executive branch about their plans for marijuana enforcement, but many football players won’t be taking any chances, and for good reason, as each missed game could mean millions in lost profits.
For now, players and agents may stay sober and wait and see like the rest of us, hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.