Written by Jimmy Golen.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cannabis is knocking at the NFL’s door, but it can’t get in.
Not yet, at least.
The home of the New England Patriots has a new sponsorship deal that will put a cannabidiol company’s hemp leaf logo on a water tower looming over the stadium and on a sign overlooking an entrance.
Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was on hand to announce the deal with Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place, a mall also controlled by Patriots owner Robert Kraft, that brings the banned substance to the doorstep of the NFL without violating league policies against it.
“We are not allowed to be within the stadium itself,” said Perry Antelman, the CEO of Rhode Island-based Abacus Health Products. “This is up to the NFL. I know that they are working with and studying alternative medications to help the athletes.”
The NFL drug policy, which is negotiated with the players’ union, bans teams and active players from sponsorship deals with cannabinoids, which include marijuana but also hemp-based products like CBD that don’t include the high-inducing THC. The league tests for THC and advises players not to take CBD products because they might contain it.
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