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Darryl Strawberry delivers marijuana warning to NFL

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Darryl Strawberry says the use of medical marijuana for professional athletes will only open the door to new problems.

There are only two states in the US where smoking marijuana is legal with both NFL teams in this year's Super Bowl hailing from cities dwelling within those lines.

Unsurprisingly, attention has turned on to the use of marijuana and whether it could aid athletes who suffer from the damaging effects of the physical game.

But eight-time MLB All-Star says the use of medical marijuana in any professional sport is a bad idea, insisting it won't deliver any long-term benefits and may open doors to other problems.

Asked by CBS Sports whether it was a good idea to use marijuana to help chronic sports injuries, he said: "No. I don’t think anything that alters your mood is going to heal the pain.

"The pain is never going to go away. We’re athletes. Let’s be real. I played for 18 years in the major leagues and wake up with a sober mind and my knees hurt–it’s just part of it.

"Your body is not built to be banged up playing football like those guys are and running bases, tearing your knees and shoulders up. You will always feel the pain and the after effect."

The Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was quoted yesterday as saying that the use of medical marijuana should be explored, especially if it proves to lessen the damaging effects of concussion throughout the NFL.

But Strawberry insists there is nothing beneficial to come from smoking an addictive substance.

"Any type of substances that alters you will just take away the pain for just a few hours," he said.

"I think people that are not professional and have never had been through an addiction problem can say it is going to be great. It’s not going to be great, it’s just a gateway for more problems.

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