Marijuana Warrior Randy Gregory

June 8th, 2024

Former Bucs RB Mike James (center) is recalled.

Somewhere, former Bucs running back Mike James is smiling.

The Bucs’ sixth-round pick in 2013 had a heck of a rookie debut. Finally, then-head coach Greg Schiano decided to give him the ball after a wave of injuries. And in his second start, James ran wild on the Seahawks for 158 yards on 28 carries in Seattle.

And that was against a Hall of Fame-caliber Seattle defense that finished the 2013 season ranked No. 1 in the NFL. It wasn’t the garbage run-stuffing unit Rachaad White ran strong against in Germany two years ago.

A week later, James was cruising early in the Bucs’ Monday Night Football game — 5 carries for 41 yards — but he broke his ankle on his final touch. It was a sad night at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.

James’ career also was broken that night, and he later explained that he became addicted to opiods after the ankle injury. In 2018, James became first player to file for a therapeutic use of cannibus exemption with the NFL.

It was denied, of course, and now that battle is raging on with another Buccaneer, free agent edge rusher Randy Gregory, who signed with Tampa Bay in April.

Per Justin Wingerter of BusinessDen, Gregory sued the NFL and the Broncos under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. Gregory says he needs — and has been prescribed — synthetic cannabis to treat social-anxiety disorder and PTSD. But the NFL has fined him $532,000 for using it over the course of the past 15 months or so.

Joe doesn’t have much of an opinion on Gregory’s suit, other than to say this likely will be settled out of court with Gregory recouping cash — and that Joe will get a laugh when the day comes that the NFL takes tens of millions of advertising revenue from recreational marijuana distributors.

67 Responses to “Marijuana Warrior Randy Gregory”

  1. Knothead71 Says:

    Social anxiety disorder and PTSD.
    Was he in combat?
    If not, cut him from the roster and avoid the distraction.
    He he won’t be worth the trouble he could bring.

  2. Mike Johnson Says:

    If he performs on the field and carries his weight? I don’t care if he smokes a weekly blunt as long as Dale Mabrey.

  3. toopanca Says:

    The astounding thing is that they don’t already have adds for broad spectrum CBD oil (with the THC removed) or medical marijuana (with limited THC).

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … ‘It wasn’t the garbage run-stuffing unit Rachaad White ran strong against in Germany two years ago.’

    Uncalled for Joe.

  5. Stanglassman Says:

    Yes, anyone can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at any age, regardless of whether they have experienced military combat. PTSD is a trauma disorder that can be caused by experiencing or witnessing a severe life event, such as:
    Physical or sexual assault
    An accident
    A disaster
    A terror attack
    The loss of a loved one
    Being in a life-threatening situation

  6. Bucnjim Says:

    MJ that’s funny! I don’t do it but should be legalized in my opinion. Most of the younger generation uses the vape version anyway. Although the strength now isn’t something to mess with if you’re used to the old homegrown version. Players should be able to do what they want in their own free time.

  7. teacherman1983 Says:

    Israeli scientists have PROVEN cannabis is amazing for concussions.

    They did the research on their soldiers.

    Cannabis is both a pain killer and an anti-inflammatory. Facts.

    The Korean, Chinese, and Indian traditional medicine systems ALL consider cannabis to be an ancient medicine.

    The ancient Egyptians mummies are being tested and coming back with a vast majority of their test results that have proven that “‘Most of the Ancient Egyptians were high most of the time.” (cocaine mummies: Timeline documentary)

    Moreover, the word cannabis comes from the Sumerian word “kannabu.”

    Do you people realize how insane and illogical it is that cannabis is not allowed for NFL players? We actually put OUR people in prison for a PLANT.

    A plant that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson BOTH grew.

    We call ourselves “free.”

    Our weed laws are a crime against humanity.

    Mike James was right. Gregory is right.

    F the opiate pills. F Pfizer. F big pharm.

    We can grow our own pain killers and anti inflammatories.

    They don’t want us to grow our own medicine. They don’t want us healthy.

    “There is no profit in health.”

    So they want diseases and sick people. Because they make more money.

  8. Dave Pear Says:

    The corporate NFL is so hypocritical. All “diversity and inclusion” on its face, but legislates against a legitimate therapy that’s legal in many states and will be eventually across the board. Bollocks.

  9. Marine Buc Says:

    Anyone here at JBF remember a guy named Tenard Jackson?

    Poor guy had his entire career cancelled due to his love of the hippy lettuce…

    What a waste – he was a great safety for us.

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    Social anxiety disorder and PTSD.


    The fact they try to make getting high into some sort of noble quest is very amusing.

    With that said, I literally don’t care, but drop the PTSD bullcrap and mental health bullcrap. It’s just flat out embarrassing.

  11. Netwalker Says:

    Delta 8 and Delta 9 are Federally legal under the Farm Bill. It’s sold across the street from the police station in my Florida city. While it is cannabis, it is considered to be hemp, not marijuana based on THC percentage. No prescription needed. It is quite effective. I’m not recommending it. Just information for those with PTSD or others in need.

  12. Fred McNeil Says:

    I used to smoke it every day of my life. That new stuff kinda makes me cough my lungs out so I don’t smoke it any more. I’ve got a bad heart anyway so more reason to leave it alone. It’s finally legal. Go figure.

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    Give us 8 sacks and all will be forgiven…

  14. TombsEN Says:

    You all do realize you can get PTSD without being in the military right??? Some of these guys had really rough upbringings and who knows what they saw and dealt with. Man some of you are super ignorant

  15. Crickett Baker Says:

    That’s true Tomb. I believe Marilyn Monroe and Tina Turner both had it. IDK about football players. It seems they are more likely to cause it. 🙂 BUT I do not think if Gregory is self-medicating he should be on our team. I am for smoking pot, but NOT on the job—especially in the NFL where mostly everyone has nagging pain. A whole locker room and field of pot smokers won’t win many games in reality, and Gregory is certainly campaigning for his cause.

  16. Irishmist Says:

    But he would not feel so all alone…

  17. Jake been there since the beginning Says:

    PTSD can come from lots of tragic things right? Especially in our youth.

  18. BootyLover Says:

    Athletes are more likely to develop PTSD. That’s a fact some tough guys just won’t ever believe.

    Rick Scott says no to legalized THC in FL and the will of the people b/c of “his brother’s experierence”. Just another selfish politician that puts themselves over the public.

  19. Dave Pear Says:

    Some of you people must be Neanderthals. There are many forms of therapeutic cannabis that are not “smoking weed.” Edibles, tablets, beverages, foodstuffs. Measured doses. CBD with low THC is very therapeutic, non-intoxicating, but still tests positive as a cannabinol in the blood.

    Microdosing of psychoactives is a new wave of medical miracle. I have friends who have microdosed psilocybin and no longer need their depression meds, or any more microdosing. In other words, they are cured.

    Get into the 2020s.

  20. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    teacherman1983 Says:
    They don’t want us to grow our own medicine. They don’t want us healthy.
    “There is no profit in health.”
    A “crazy conspiracy theorist” is right again.

  21. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Mental health and trauma is unfortunately misunderstood by many, including, it seems by a chunk of the JBF forum…

  22. Bucben61 Says:

    Recreational marijuana just like alcohol causes impairment…fine line between real medical benefits and a buzz

  23. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    Crickett Baker Says:
    “I believe Marilyn Monroe and Tina Turner both had it.”


    When you grow up in a system that does it to you intentionally for the purpose of mind control, they call it MK-ULTRA. But yeah. Quite common in the entertainment industry.

    Some of good sources on this were Chester Bennington, Anthony Bourdain, Chris Cornell, and Isaac Kappy. Can’t speak to them any more, though. Funny how all of the people who speak out die under “mysterious circumstances.”

  24. Luis Says:

    How’s Randy Gregory looking at practice?
    Hope he’s healthy and hungry

  25. Mort Says:

    The Usual Suspects I. Here flexing their brain cell. Idiots. Cannabis is therapeutic. Just like any other drug (legal or otherwise) you can abuse it. But it’s never killed a single adult from overdose (unlike alcohol, or water for that matter). The NFL has no business overriding state laws.

  26. Zoocomics Says:

    “It wasn’t the garbage run-stuffing unit Rachad White ran strong against in Germany two years ago”…ouch JBF, and yet this is the game that one of the JBF staff members always refers to as White’s stud performing game, and yet it was against Pete Carrolls Garbage Def? Why so much hate for White? smh. What hate? It was a sad run defense Seattle had in 2022. Look it up. Joe thought it was an appropriate comparison of the Seattle defenses.–Joe

    Let me start by saying, I believe in Westernize medicine, I don’t think medicinal drugs is a cure all, but for anxiety, absolutely. The effects and/or long-term effects of some of these prescriptions drugs that are “ok” for players to take, is so much worse than weed on its worse day. These guys are not operating heavy machinery, and calling Marijuana performance enhancing is joke. This has to be simply an image thing that the NFL has been trying to maintain with the youth’s interest in the NFL. That stupid taunting penalty to me is another example of the NFL trying to reflect a specific image for our youth. I really don’t think it’s working.

  27. adam from ny Says:

    so this guy demands to get zooted…?

    it’s more important than football…?

    get rid of him then…

    he can smoke daily from age 35 on when football and huge checks are no longer an option…

    also he will light dudes up, and put them on to the ganja ways

  28. Stanglassman Says:

    Why are my comments getting moderated and now just don’t post?

  29. Stanglassman Says:

    I figured that one would work. Lol

  30. BucU Says:

    I only care about whether he can make an impact on this team. Right now I doubt it.

  31. Bucben61 Says:

    Maybe we can sign tommy chong to play edge

  32. westernbuc Says:

    Smoking a joint as I read this so consider me biased.

    I’m rooting for Randy. The NFL stealing money from a player because they don’t like that he consumes a plant is disgraceful. This same league happily drugs players, from opioids to the jab. A free man in a free society should not be punished for consuming a plant given to us by God.

    This is why I’m not a “conservative.” So many people who call themselves Christian want the government to control something so trivial. They’ll justify government agents throwing people in cages for consumption of a plant. It is not biblical.

    Meanwhile, alcohol and prescription drugs like Xanax are perfectly acceptable despite being far worse for health and society. I hope Randy wins his case and gets paid.

  33. Pickgrin Says:

    Crickett Baker Says:
    “I do not think if Gregory is self-medicating he should be on our team. I am for smoking pot, but NOT on the job—especially in the NFL where mostly everyone has nagging pain. A whole locker room and field of pot smokers won’t win many games”

    Its estimated that 70+% of ALL NFL players consume cannabis regularly…. for the exact reason you mentioned…. “mostly everyone has nagging pain”. And weed is WAY safer for these guys to use than opiods or over the counter ‘pain medication’.

    So there goes your theory that a team full of “potheads” can’t win football games.

    Players can no longer get suspended for having marijuana in their system – only fined. That was the main concession that the players and NFLPA asked for when agreeing to a 17th game. And the league only mass tests once now – at the beginning of training camp – so players only have to abstain for about 6 weeks prior to the end of August if they don’t want to get “caught” and fined. They can basically smoke to their heart’s content 10 1/2 months of the year.

  34. Shane Callahan Says:

    If I was a professional athlete with millions of dollars on the line, I don’t thinking smoking weed would be a top priority. I’ve never understood this.

  35. Dave Pear Says:

    Ya, I also made a post that was data and fact based, no profanities, nothing other than support for having a beer, basically. Mod bot out of control.

  36. Dave Pear Says:

    Drugs are bad! Everyone knows that most of the mass shootings are conducted by people who are high on pot.

  37. Dave Pear Says:

    LOL that one made it through!

    So, really, everyone knows that all the mass shootings are conducted by people drunk on whiskey and beer and high on crank.

  38. Dave Pear Says:

    Yup. That one made it through too. OK then.

  39. Crickett Baker Says:

    Gosh, Pickgrin, your post really bothered me if it was all true. I was a beatnik and later I guess you could have called me a hippie. I was on trial once for one joint of pot that they were going to incarcerate me for two years over. Luckily the jury found me not guilty, as it was pretty obvious the cops were lying. So this background is necessary to explain that I think pot should be legal. I still can not condone our team being stoned. Now your post gives me scary thoughts about players who do not seem to be playing as hard as I think they should be, GEEZE!

  40. Oddball Says:

    Anyone remember the PSA film “Reefer Madness”?

  41. David Says:

    Like him or not, he is not wrong. NFL doctors diagnosed him with social anxiety disorder and PTSD.
    THC is 100 times better and safer than the opioids are pharmaceutical companies throw out like TicTac’s.
    Plus, he was playing in Colorado where it’s legal for every resident of the state except NFL players? That’s BS.
    He’s not even trying to get extra money he just wants to fine back.

    I am 100% with him on this and no, I do not smoke. I don’t take edibles. I just fine our pharmaceutical industry and the 100 year war on THC to be absurd.

  42. Crickett Baker Says:

    I remember seeing “Reefer Madness”. Public service, my a$$. BTW, my court case was in Tampa, where I lived for MANY years.

  43. Pickgrin Says:

    Crickett Baker Says:
    “I still can not condone our team being stoned”

    Just guessing – but I imagine the majority of players use cannabis somewhat responsibly – like most of society does.

    Sure – we all know someone or a few someones who smoke joints all day long and are seemingly high all the time. And those people either do very little – or have jobs/work where it doesn’t really matter that much.

    But most people consume weed after “work” – when its time to have some fun – relax – unwind – de-stress – sleep – etc

    I doubt there are very many players using cannabis right before or during games. Or even practices…. Those that have probably decided pretty quickly that it was a bad idea.

    The ‘effects’ of smoking or vaping for those who use cannabis frequently only last about 1-3 hours anyway…..

    Just because half or more of the players on your favorite NFL team regularly use cannabis – doesn’t mean they are showing up to work having just consumed it. Especially on game day. I don’t think its worth being concerned about. The guys aren’t playing “stoned”….

  44. Dave Pear Says:

    This thread has made the world even dumber than it was.

  45. unbelievable Says:

    It’s the least harmful, least addictive substance for treating pain… now legal in multiple states, yet guys lose their livelihood over it while tram doctors pump the full of harmful addictive pharma.

    And you’re correct Joe, they’ll be sponsors in a few years. Just look at how many arenas, teams, sports shows, etc are sponsored by gambling outfits now.

  46. unbelievable Says:

    *team doctors pump them full of*

  47. garro Says:

    “Social anxiety disorder and PTSD”

    That may be true, But way more likely the dude just wants to get high.

    The whole thing is a pile of steaming crap. There are people who have been in very real combat who report good results from cannabis. But using it as a means to bypass the laws and NFL rules speaks more to a lack of character to me.

    I myself suffer from Social anxiety and have had very real substance abuse issues as a result of self medication. I refuse to take anything and instead I face it head on. Speaking to a crowd of 300 people would not have happened many years ago. It is still not exactly a comfy feeling but I get through it these days.

    Go Bucs!

  48. heyjude Says:

    Agree with Stanglassman, David, and others. So much constitutes PTSD and other disorders. I haven’t needed or used these types of drugs, but who are we to forbid others that need the THC varieties. The pharmaceutical companies don’t want them. I wonder why…

    The NFL are way behind on all of this. Absolutely agree with Joe. I can bet the NFL will take millions of advertising monies from marijuana distributors. And to be honest, I am so sick of big pharma commercials along with all their side effects!

  49. Hodad Says:

    Vote yes this November for legal weed.

  50. Ko Kiefer Says:

    Somewhere Ian Beckles is blaming Pete for it

  51. Ko Kiefer Says:


    To be fair, some do have active cannabinoids in their system during game day. Aka playing stoned. But ya know what? It doesn’t matter whatsoever. And the ones who do likely see an improvement in focus or muscle response

  52. Buccaneric Says:

    If the players can drink alcohol they should be able to use thc. Wish people would Stop vilifying something so innocuous.

  53. Pickgrin Says:

    Hodad Says:
    “Vote yes this November for legal weed.”

    I’m voting NO!

    If you had told me ten years ago I would vote against “legal weed” in the future – I would have said you were crazy. But here we are….

    Voting yes for a “legalization” amendment that does not allow citizen growing and does not substantially increase the # of entities that are allowed to be involved with growing – only enriches and entrenches the companies that are currently part of the medical system. And I believe it will screw up the strong availability, favorable pricing and short lines at the dispensary that medical ‘patients’ are currently experiencing as soon as every tourist is allowed to walk into Trulieve, MUV, Curaleaf, etc….

    Name another state that has completely legalized cannabis – but does not allow citizens to grow their own plants….. There isn’t one. Florida should not be the 1st.

    Its a bad idea to get locked into a Constitutional ‘bad deal’ involving cannabis from the getgo – just because many are in a hurry to go ahead and get “recreational” weed “legalized”

    Big $ will find a way to take over the entire retail industry eventually. No need to hurry that along out the gate because the special interests were allowed to choose the details and wording of the ‘legal weed’ amendment you are being ‘allowed’ to vote for.

    Do it right and FREE THE PLANT – or don’t do it at all!

  54. Carlo Peck Says:

    If he can play and remember the plays called let him be.

  55. ModHairKen Says:

    I’d say just based on the comments here I read, this amendment passes by 65+%

  56. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    As a guy who smokes pot every evening, I think I have the experience to comment:
    1. You don’t need to go to war to get a form of PTSD.
    2. I don’t have PTSD.
    3. Alcohol is much, much more harmful to the body than POT.
    4. Driving stoned is as bad as driving high on booze. Don’t do it.
    5. Living in a true “free” state like Oregon eliminates all the legal crap involved with “catching” the “drug abusers” like, uuh Florida.
    6. If I were playing in the NFL I would no more smoke pot before practice or games than try to fly to the moon on a box kite! Pot is to relax not to go crazy- -it’s a plant!
    7. When Pot was legalized in Oregon nothing much happened. Frogs did not fall from the skies and people did not run wild in the streets. It’s a plant!

  57. Mr. Editor Says:

    I’m glad that RG has found a cause that he’s passionate about. Let’s see if he’s just as passionate about sacks (or pressures).

  58. Mike in LOL Says:

    It’s hilarious that the NFL, a corporation who has profited billions off of alcohol, a processed drug that is proven deadly in many different ways. will go to such lengths to demonize a safe and natural drug. GTFOH with the anti weed propaganda… people are not that dumb anymore, we can’t be fooled. Weed >>>>>>>>>>> alcohol in EVERY way

  59. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So what you are saying…is that Randy Gregory is likely to get himself suspended.

    Send him packing.

  60. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Here’s my problem with it…I don’t want second hand exposure. Period.

    Put it in a pill form, and I am fine with it. But smoked?

    If people really were using it for a medicine, they would be fine with pills. But no, they want to smoke it…because they do it for the high.

    That’s the cold hard truth. And I should not be exposed to it thru second hand smoke. And don’t tell me people can just smoke it inside their homes…they don’t. They tend to sit on apartment steps and smoke it.

    And anyway, I don’t see why it is up for vote…last time it was the voters said no, and the next thing we knew, shops for it were opening up. Voting on it is a waste of time.

  61. Ward Says:

    It’s actually written into his contract. For every sack he gets a smoke break.

  62. Florida made me Says:

    You’d want to be on drugs too if you played for Dallas!

  63. Jp3 Says:

    Ricky Williams smoking on a imaginary spliff in Buffalo

  64. stpetebucfan Says:

    Many here have already defended or excoriated smoking weed. Some like Bonzai make absurd points…he doesn’t want second hand smoke..don’t worry Bonzai I doubt many weed smokers will be inviting you to their home. If you’re talking catching a whiff in the breeze at a resort it’s not going to get you high.

    “medical marijuana (with limited THC).”

    Not to burst your bubble but it’s actually the opposite! I first learned to smoke weed in a guard tower in Vietnam. I came out and went to college on the GI bill where guess what…MORE WEED….then I worked for a dozen years as a top40 rock jock. I remember one station where I first met some other guys on staff and we stepped out under the flashing towers to burn one.

    %’s THC used to used to be in single digits. Since Medical Marijuana those %’s have skyrocketed! Now I routinely see 31% THC in the flower. That’s great for me but not for the reason you might imagine.

    I freaking swim 10,000 yards a week in an Olympic pool next to other committed athletes. I lift weights two days a week, and walk 2-4 mlles several other days, sometimes with ankle weights to increase intensity and calorie burn.
    Which is why 31% is a godsend for me. I don’t have to huff and puff and fill my lungs with the illegal crap that came from Mexico and other black markets.

    Now just two puffs and bingo. Far less wear and tear on the lungs. It’s the least “physically” addicting substance I’ve ever used. Far less than coffee for example, When I quit which is most of the year, it’s not big deal, no withdrawal other than the “mental” desire which is also prevalent in alcohol and stuffing your pie hole with Big Macs and the other trash food.

    So I quit except for 3X a year. In August I go on vacation to Michigan where it is also legal! I’ll take a break for a few weeks and then return to Northshore to swim my 10,000 yards a week.

    If you wish to be part of the morality police fine! Outlaw alcohol and most of our fast food diets which are far worse for your health than weed!

    I do not recommend weed for ANYBODY. But I also do not freak out at anybody using it including NFL players unless they fire one up before a game! I can absolutely say the morning after weed is NOTHING like the morning after a good alcohol buzz!

  65. realistic-optimistic Says:

    I enjoyed reading your post @stpetebuc. It seems we do have a little commonality after all.

  66. BucsFan55 Says:

    Good for him

  67. D-Rok Says:

    Not sure what relevance this will have on Gregory and others in the NFL who consume cannabis, but the DOJ says they are going to reclassify marijuana soon into Schedule III, same as Tylenol with Codeine.

    I assume this will happen before the election, but no firm time-line has been given.

    This reclassification should result in way less arrests (if any) for minor possession and should help to reduce the stigma on a medicinal plant that some choose to abuse.