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“We should be following science,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told Bleacher Report in 2018. “This is not an ethical problem for me.” It’s not a moral issue for me. I obviously see what is happening in the United States around America. “
Earlier this year, the NFL and the NFL Players Union reached a new agreement that included changes to the league’s drug policy.
Over the past two seasons, several players have been banned for violating the league’s drug policy for long and in some cases indefinitely. Among them is David Irving, who was reinstated earlier this season after the league’s cannabis policy kept him out of the NFL for two years.
Under the new agreement, players will no longer be banned for a positive cannabis test. Tests are also limited to the first two weeks of training camp, and the threshold required to trigger a positive result for THC has been increased from 35 to 150 nanograms per milliliter of urine to meet World Anti-Doping Association standards correspond.
Some current players, like Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, have active CBD advertising deals that show how far the league has come.
Eugene Monroe, a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, says the current changes are a step in the right direction, but the league should stop testing entirely. “Just go ahead and do the right thing and let the players choose,” Monroe told the New York Times in April.
Earlier this year, policy changes passed by the MLB in 2019 went into effect, including removing cannabis from the list of prohibited substances.
Players can still be referred to treatment programs under certain conditions, but the policy changes effectively mean that the League is now treating cannabis in a similar way to alcohol. Players are prohibited from competing under influence and from signing advertising contracts with cannabis companies. However, alcohol may be flogged.
As mentioned earlier, the NHL was one of the first pro-leagues to adapt its cannabis policy to modern perceptions of the plant. When the league played in the NHL bubble earlier this year, there was news of one of the most popular ways players were dealing with the grueling and isolated stint: weed gums.
“When the guys took weed gums, it wasn’t a ‘let’s go up high and do nothing all day. “It was more of a feeling of recovery or falling asleep after a game,” a Western Conference player told ESPN. “Instead of falling asleep at 4 or 5 a.m., the boys could fall asleep at 1 a.m. so they could sleep seven hours.”
While cocaine use among NHL players continues to be a problem for some experts, the league officially appears to have taken a new look at cannabis. Just don’t ask Mark Messier how his top stocks are doing.