The NBA will no longer test for cannabis, according to a tentative deal between the league and National Basketball Players Association, On Saturday, the two sides announced a collective bargaining agreement that still needs to be ratified.
If the agreement is ratified by the players and team governors, the seven-year deal would include a stipulation that cannabis would be removed from the NBA’s drug testing program and that players would not be penalized for using it, The Athletic told.
in a statement posted TwitterThe National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) wrote: “Specific details will be made available once the term sheet is finalized.”
“From day one, the NBPA’s goal in this negotiation was to protect our players, enrich their lives on and off the court, and establish a framework that allows our players to engage in true relationships with governors in both the NBA and the business world.” Identifies them as partners. Too much!” said Tamika Tremaglio, executive director of the NBPA.
Three years ago, during the pandemic, the NBA reduced fines for marijuana use, but never got rid of testing entirely.
At the time, NBA spokesman mike bass said that the league would instead “focus on our randomized testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse.”
Will the NFL Be Next?
According to NBC’s ProFootballTalk, the NFL is sticking to its unpopular no-weed stance as part of collective bargaining, which means the league is looking to use the ban to negotiate with the NFL Players Association, at least for now. For.
ProfootballTalk said, “When the states where the NFL does business began legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the league hid behind the fact that it remains a controlled substance under federal law.”
Meanwhile, many NBA players, including Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-JabbarAllen Iverson, Kevin Durant, al harrington, Isiah Thomas and many others are open about their weed use and has advocated for the legalization of cannabis For years
“I started smoking cannabis in college. During my second year, Iverson said,
Now a weed connoisseur, Iverson recently joined forces Together Al Harrington’s Viola Brands to launch a line of cannabis products and merchandise under the name The Iverson Collection.
Harrington attended with Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, Ben Wallace, Ricky Williams, Rob Sims Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference Last fall in Chicago.
Photo by Ernest Toney: Benzinga Capital Cannabis Conference