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Too Healthy to Play

marijuana, Cannabis oil, law, football, crime, criminal, therapy

Cannabis oil can prevent the seizures of at least some victims of epilepsy. But the hope this medicine provides is too often undercut by fear.

I discussed, a few days ago, the case of 15-year-old David Brill, whose life is in danger because officials forcibly removed him from the care of his parents. His mom and dad had (illegally) let him smoke pot — which stopped his seizures. Now they’re fighting to recover custody of David and save his life.

Somewhat different is the plight of an aspiring football player at Auburn University.

Early in 2017, the would-be safety in question, C.J. Harris, began taking cannabis oil to stop epileptic seizures. He has suffered no seizures in all the months since. And he’s in no legal trouble.

But Auburn University’s football team has rescinded its offer to join the team. Exactly why he won’t be allowed to play is unclear. One would guess it is because of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s ban on cannabis oil, even if prescribed. But the team’s medical personnel says they’re only concerned about his health given his history and the roughness of football.

Does Auburn apply the same standard to all players who have recovered from major physical setbacks? Or, rather, does the team typically let players return to play as soon as they’re ready and able?

Whatever is keeping him off the field, the factors that should decide the question are being shunted aside.

One, is C.J. Harris healthy enough and skilled enough to play for Auburn?

Two, is C.J. Harris willing to accept the risks involved?

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.


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  1. John F Brennan says:

    From the nanny state to a nanny university. What happened to individual determination of risks undertaken and responsibility for the intended and unintended results?  
    Who or what will next assume the necessity of protecting us from ourselves?

  2. Pat says:

    One question:   if he is granted permission to play, will he absolve the university , the NCAA and  the team physicians of any responsibility for damage caused by epilepsy-induced-seizures?   i look at what has happened in pro sports regarding concussions.   I can remember when athletes missed one or two games  due to a ‘minor’ concussion.  Epilepsy is a very individual disorder.  Every patient responds differently to treatment, and to injury.
    It’s more than a case of protecting us from ourselves.   The NCAA needs to change its rules.  Until it does, the university has a right (and a duty) to protect itself and the other students from unnecessary risk.   

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