Joseph M. Hanna, chair of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment and Retail and Hospitality groups, was quoted in an article for The GrowthOp discussing the National Football League’s drug policy and the possible changes to it during the 2020 collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA.
In “When Will the NFL Catch Up to Cannabis?” Joe talks about what potential league changes could be discussed during CBA negotiations, the theory on using cannabis as a bargaining chip between owners and the players association, and the benefits of changing the league’s approach to cannabis as a painkiller.
“I think that marijuana is a great alternative to opioids and the catastrophic opioid epidemic that has hit the United States,” Joe said. “We’ve seen a number of pro athletes abuse opioids and sadly it has led to a number of deaths. I think marijuana is a great alternative and a safer alternative.”
“When Will the NFL Catch Up to Cannabis?” The GrowthOp, January 29, 2020
With a national practice and industry-wide reputation for leadership, Joseph M. Hanna is consistently ranked among the top 10 attorneys based in Western New York in Business First’s annual Legal Elite, and in 2015, Joe was the youngest honoree ever to be named Lawyer of the Year in the Bar Association of Erie County’s 130-year history. Joe is also a leading voice for diversity in the legal and business communities. He is chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Diversity Task Force and has held multiple leadership roles in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) as well as diversity-related positions within the American Bar Association (ABA), DRI, and other organizations.