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NFL New Drug Policy?

As the National Football League and the NFL Players Association met to discuss the future of the league's drug policy, Wichita Falls High School and Central High School football teams prepared to take on one another in its Friday football match up.

Newschannel 6 stopped by Memorial Stadium to find out what Texoma football fans think about the NFL possibly relaxing its punishments on players who test positive for marijuana usage.

Many sports analyst believe the league could relax its penalties on players.

Bart Helsley, Head Coach at Central High School believes that professional athletes must be held to a higher standard.

"I think in our culture and our society, athletics is such a big deal and athletes are held at such a high regard that I believe they have to understand that they are going to be a role model whether they like it or not,” said Coach Helsley.

Helsey told Newschannel 6 substance abuse doesn't just affect professional athletes and college athletes. He said it's also something they deal with on the high school level.

”It's something we constantly deal with and it's something we obviously encourage the kids to make good choices, but it's a cultural problem,” said Coach Helsley.

This cultural problem has recently become acceptable in a couple of states such as Colorado and Washington. Both legalized recreational pot use for its residents. A decision many people believe the NFL must think about.  

Mason Tvert, with The Marijuana Policy Project, a group out of Denver, Colorado wants the NFL to reduce player punishments.

"Their current policy is a bad one and if the NFL truly cares about the health and safety of their athletes, they would allow the players to make the safer choice and use marijuana instead of alcohol,” said Tvert

Trevor Sells, a Texoma resident and Pittsburgh Steelers fan echoed the same sentiment. Sells told us if it does not interfere with a player's job or hurt anyone in the process, it should not matter.

"I never heard of anybody seriously being injured from any kind of marijuana usage,” said Sells. “So I don't think it's that bad.”

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6

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