Hey everyone this is Sam and let’s talk about the NBA NOT focusing on marijuana anymore. I sit on the fence on this issue. I have never used drugs, but have spoken to many people who use marijuana as medicine. However, I also have worked with kids in and out of sports for years. They really look up to these NBA players. I don’t want them using at a young age because of their favorite player does. Let’s break the NBA’s Marijuana Test down for Sports Obsessive.
Covid-19 Causes A Reevaluation For The NBA’s Marijuana Testing
The year of 2020 keeps striking in unusual ways that are affecting our sports. Both in good and bad ways. The NBA said that due to the “unusual circumstances” of the Covid-19 pandemic that they needed to reevaluate their random testing. The NBA will focus its random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse. This will start during the 2020-21 season. The NBA’s marijuana testing stopped during the Orlando bubble.
Players Already Involved In Companies
Marijuana and all of its byproducts still remained banned substances in the NBA even though they will not be randomly testing for them. However, many big stars like Kevin Durant whose VC firm took part in a 35 million round for a startup Dutchie in August. Another player is Klay Thompson who recently endorsed a CBD company. He was the first active NBA player to do this.
What Are Other Leagues Doing?
In late 2019, MLB removed natural cannabinoids from its list of “drugs of abuse.” They were the first major American professional league to do this. After Tyler Skaggs died then the league started tested for cocaine and opioids.
A player needs to test positive for an abnormally high amounts of THC then a doctor can suggest an individualized treatment plan through the league. This is a rule by the NHLPA’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
The NFL significantly changed their policy in March. They changed their testing window, so that players can use marijuana in the off-season. The league raised the threshold for positive marijuana tests during the season.
Of the 123 teams across the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL, over 100 play in states or provinces where either medical or recreational marijuana use is currently legal.
Let me know, what do you think of these changes? Agree or disagree? Where do you see it going? Write us in the comments below. See you down the road.