NFL considers changes in testing for marijuana

Report: NFL changing marijuana policy to be more weed-friendly

5/13/14 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - NFL considers changes in testing for marijuanaIt won't help Josh Gordon this time, but it might help the Cleveland Browns receiver the next time he tests positive for marijuana. According to a report from ESPN, the NFL is in the act of revising its drug policy as it relates to marijuana. The league is considering raising the threshold for what constitutes a positive test for marijuana, and lowering the penalties for any player who does test positive for pot.

The league is also considering policy changes for human growth hormone (HGH) and other various recreational drugs not classified as PEDs. We don't know what manner of changes they're considering with those drugs. But we do know the league is thinking about relaxing the rules on a drug that's now completely legal in two states where the NFL has teams.

The NFL may relax its marijuana testing rules, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. "When and if the NFL's new drug policy is finalized and announced, it will include changes specific to marijuana and other drugs of abuse," he writes.

Blog Photo - NFL considers changes in testing for marijuana"The renegotiation of the drug policy, which has been going on since 2011 and includes testing for HGH, also will significantly increase the threshold for a positive marijuana test and reduce the punishments for violations involving that drug."

This comes just months after Roger Goodell publicly mentioned the idea of the NFL legalizing marijuana for medicinal use.

According the ESPN, the formation of new drug policy is being held up over a dispute over how to handle drug violations that fall outside the realm of normal league testing. "In cases of non-analytical positives (i.e., an Alex Rodriguez type of case in which a player is found in violation of the drug policy by some method other than a failed test) or in cases of violations of law (i.e., hypothetically, a player got caught trying to smuggle prescription drugs across the Canadian border), the NFLPA has asked that discipline appeals be heard by an independent arbitrator," Graziano reports.
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5/14/14   |   Jason_   |   20628 respect

I think its about time honestly.  It was ok to get the players all the Vicodin and Percocet they could ask for but not let them smoke a joint? 

5/14/14   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

I don't really have an opinion one way or another on might be one of those cases, I think, of "everybody's doing it anyway..." I wouldn't be surprised to see states get a little more lax on it (besides just the two) anyway, but that's neither here nor there because it's still federally illegal.

Anyway...I guess it'll make me less ticked off when I find out my own player has been smoking it.

5/14/14   |   JenX63   |   32777 respect

I rally don't know what to think. I did lol @ "legal in two states"......