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NBA stars 'will no longer be tested or banned for marijuana' as part of the new...


The NBA will have labor peace for years to come. The league and its players came to an agreement early Saturday on a new seven-year collective bargaining agreement, the NBA announced. It is still pending ratification, though that process is almost certainly no more than a formality.

The deal will begin this summer and will last at least through the 2028-29 season. Either side can opt out then; otherwise, it will last through 2029-30.

Furthermore, reports in The Athletic early on Saturday claimed marijuana has been removed from the drug testing system.

Kevin Durant, currently of the Phoenix Suns, told David Letterman in an interview last year that he started smoking marijuana when he was 22. 'For me, it clears the distraction from your brain, it's like having a glass of wine,' he said.

In the same interview, Durant said he wanted to 'change the narrative' around marijuana and its 'crazy people are in jail for 20 years for selling a pound.'

Among the other details, per a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press: the in-season tournament that Commissioner Adam Silver has wanted for years will become reality, and players will have to appear in at least 65 games in order to be eligible for the top individual awards such as Most Valuable Player.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the league nor the National Basketball Players Association released specifics publicly.