On Thursday, NFL team owners approved a proposed collective bargaining agreement, which ensures that National Football League players would no longer be suspended from games for testing positive for marijuana. The agreement was then circulated to the players.
The new measure being floated for approval by the NFL Players Association would also reduce the number of players being subjected to marijuana testing. It also reduces marijuana and other drugs testing periods. The drug tests can be administered over a period of two weeks at the start of training camp instead of the current two months.
The three-page summary of the policy’s key terms includes an increase in the limit for positive THC metabolite tests from 35 to 150 nanograms.
Darren Heitner was the first to post the policy document on Twitter when he sent all the players a fact sheet covering the highlights of the current proposal for a new collective agreement.
Earlier this month, the details of the reduced penalties for NFL players who test positive for marijuana started in press reports. NBC Sports ProFootballTalk reported that suspensions would only be possible in the event of extreme and recurrent disregard of the policy or violations of the law on possession and consumption of marijuana.
If the NFL Players Association approves the agreement, the NFL would be the latest major sports league to loosen their restrictions on marijuana since the number of states in the U.S. legalizing marijuana is increasing.
In December of 2019, Major League Baseball announced that it would be removing marijuana from the list of banned substances and that it would treat cannabis consumption as alcohol.
In interviews, Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, and the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, said that there is a likelihood that the NFL would amend its approach to marijuana on its players after the MLB change was announced.
The terms of the agreements were approved on Thursday by NFL team owners, while player representatives are scheduled to consider it on Friday.
The players association has been holding meetings in the past few weeks to decide if they should proceed with the agreement; however, if they do not make a decision very soon, it will be another year in which the players will be subjected to stringent marijuana policies within the NFL. Two-thirds of the association must approve the measure before March 18 for the policies to be valid for 2020-2021. The new league year begins on March 18.
It is widely believed that these indications that the NFL will ease its stance on marijuana is likely to be welcomed by sector players like MCTC Holdings Inc. (OTC: MCTC) will be pleased by this development since current information shows that marijuana has benefits that weren’t properly known in the past.
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