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NFL Discusses ‘Drastically Reducing’ Marijuana Consumption Penalties for Players

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Even New England Patriot, Tom Brady agrees that it's time for the players union to act in accordance with today's cannabis reform.

The NFL is known for having one of the harshest drug-testing policies in any U.S. sports organization, and believe it or not- is in the process of negotiating a change in their marijuana consumption policies among players. This new collective bargaining agreement will not only change the cannabis testing window from a 4 month period, to now a two week window, but will also lift severe penalties for cannabis consumption among players. In hopes of hopping on board with the MLB, who have recently removed marijuana from its list of banned substances- the union has been conducting conference calls to decide whether or not to move forward with the agreement. In order for this new policy to come into effect for the 2020-2021 season, two-thirds of the association must agree to the proposal before March 18th. If they do not come to an agreement soon, players will be at risk of another season with strict anti-marijuana rules. Players will be subject to possible fines, rehab, or suspension if testing positive for marijuana. Patriot Quarterback, Tom Brady spoke out on the cannabis policies and believes that they are to be changing soon. Although marijuana still remains illegal at the federal level, we hope that the NFL can jump on board with the several other sports organizations who have made positive strides towards decriminalizing cannabis for players.


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