Latest On NFL’s Marijuana Proposal

Marijuana represents one of the key issues the NFL is targeting to entice the players to agree to a 17-game schedule, and with the CBA talks at a critical point, more details regarding the league’s plan to loosen marijuana restrictions have emerged.

The NFL’s latest CBA proposal would dramatically reduce the marijuana testing window from nearly four months to two weeks, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports. This would apply to all players who are not already in the league’s substance-abuse program, which requires more frequent tests. The current testing window runs from late April to August.

It is not known when the two-week window would open and close, but slashing it down to two weeks would represent a significant change. The league in 2014 already raised the threshold for what it takes to be suspended for marijuana, and weed-based bans would be far less frequent considering the limited time players would have to test positive for the substance. And even if a player would test positive under these guidelines, suspensions would only occur in “extreme” cases, Florio adds.

Jerry Jones said in December he expects more leniency on the marijuana front, and the league last year commissioned a study that included the examination of weed as a pain-management tool. Recreational marijuana use is legal in 11 states; medical marijuana is permitted in 33. Seven teams — the Cowboys, Texans, Panthers, Titans, Falcons, Colts and Packers — play in states in which neither type of usage is legal, however.

Barely a month remains before the 2020 league year, the 17-game schedule poses as the top sticking point for the players. And the March election of a new NFLPA president is almost certainly prompting owners to push for the CBA’s finalization before that changeover. While an NFLPA vote is coming next week, the prospect of the extra game — likely without an extra bye — could force the players’ side to dig in for the long haul.

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  1. Al Hirschen

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  2. sportsfan101

    Should be 100% legal. With the pain these player endure just allow it. If players do it too much they’ll just get cut. It is what it is.

  3. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    Oh, c’mon… Having a two week window where players can be tested is absurd. Pretty well known that you clear THC out of your system in about 28 days. This is nothing but planning the chance, at the very end, to “relent” and do away with testing for marijuana altogether and call it a concession.

    • letmeclearmythroat74

      Look – I don’t smoke weed. I have before and it only made me paranoid and I didn’t care for that feeling. However , I could care less if they smoke weed or not. Legalize it nationwide , who cares. As long as they are not stoned out there running routes and kicking field goals … have at it. I’m all for the 17 game schedule … can’t get enough of NFL football. If all it takes is ease up on the weed front , get it done.

      • earmbrister

        The owners latest money grab is going to happen by literally throwing a bone to the players? Just say no. The 16 game season is long enough, and the players take an enormous beating over their playing career. The owners greed knows no bounds. And yes, stop the ridiculous testing and suspensions for marijuana.

  4. berkyjay

    The players would be fools to accept this deal in exchange for an extra season game. They should only settle for full league decriminalization of marijuana.

  5. The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla

    As someone who never smokes the stuff, it still has to be better than opioid pain killers.

    The NFLPA would be crazy to trade anything for this – the entire country is moving in the direction of this being a non-issue.

    Couldn’t care less if these guys smoke wacky weed all day as long as they aren’t driving on the roads doing it.

    • dmarcus15

      As we all know the NFL isn’t full of rocket scientists the problem will be they won’t spend the extra money but it from a dispensary they will buy it from booboo from the block and it will be laced with stuff and it will be the same issue as supplements.

      • chicagofan1978

        These guys probably have regular suppliers, they are not putting their lives at risk. That’s an absurd way of looking at things

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