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Chandler Jones episode shows NFL policy on marijuana makes no sense

NFL players are banned from taking medical marijuana – so instead they’re taking a harmful synthetic version. It could be the league’s next big headache

The mood around Foxboro, Massachusetts improved significantly last weekend, thanks to the New England Patriots regaining their home dominance. The Pats beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20 to ensure a fifth consecutive trip to their conference’s championship game, a remarkable feat matched only in NFL history by the 1973-77 Oakland Raiders. The scoreline flattered the visitors: Tom Brady and his offense shook off any concerns and coach Bill Belichick conducted another display of defensive wizardry.

Now with their AFC title encounter against a Denver team dealing with major question marks over the form of Peyton Manning, the Patriots seem destined for another Super Bowl trip, and chance at a fifth title in the Brady-Belichick era. But the good vibes from the victory against Kansas City were missing last week, thanks to one of the most peculiar moments of the season. Chandler Jones, their star defensive end, arrived at his local police station in the morning, half-naked, disoriented and seeking help. And his story centered around his alleged use of a substance that could be the NFL’s next biggest problem: synthetic cannabis.

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