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Ending Marijuana Restrictions for Athletes

•, Adam Dick

Concluding my discussion of this new development, I commented that "More professional sports organizations will surely follow in eliminating marijuana use prohibitions."

On Wednesday, Lester Black of the San Francisco Gate reported details of a new agreement between National Basketball Association (NBA) and NBA players, confirming that the new agreement will "permanently remove marijuana from the league's prohibited substances list, after years of being tacitly condoned." This development, noted Black, falls in line with developments in other American professional sports organizations. Wrote Black:

The NBA's softening marijuana stance comes as cannabis reform advances across the country and nearly all professional sports become more pot-friendly. The MLB and NHL have largely stopped punishing players for testing positive for cannabis and the NFL has relaxed its testing requirements to allow players to use marijuana in the offseason.