On June 19, Canada became only the second country, after Uruguay, to legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana. The new law, which goes into effect Oct. 17, isn’t expected to have much impact on the NHL and its drug-testing policies, but the debate on whether marijuana should be used to ease players’ day-to-day maladies is beginning to stir.
Riley Cote is one who’d like to see it made available to players. For the former Philadelphia Flyers enforcer, every night in the NHL was a battle. Game after game, he was expected to face an opponent who wanted to exchange blows. According to hockeyfights.com, in 156 NHL games, Cote dropped the gloves 51 times. That was on top of his 133 fights in 526 minor-league and junior games. Tally it up and Cote fought on average once every three ga...
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