Toward the end of last week, a top National Football League (NFL) team owner, Jerry Jones, and the New England Patriots quarterback player, Tom Brady, said that the league’s marijuana rules are bound to change after the MLB announced that it is eliminating marijuana from the list of banned substances for baseball players.
In an on-air interview with a Dallas radio station on Friday, Jones said that any issue regarding marijuana is a sensitive topic across the globe. He also noted that the leagues are excited about the possibility of being at par with the social and legal scene on marijuana.
Jones observed that they are not only looking at the issue of competitiveness when it comes to substance usage but also the law, as well as the societal focus on marijuana. It is also an important issue to discuss with the players.
In an on-air interview with Westwood One Sports on Thursday, Brady said that the MLB move to remove marijuana is a sign that times are changing, and progress is good.
Brady further said that there has been rumors that the NFL is going to follow in the MLB’s footsteps. He noted that the stigma against marijuana is being eradicated. Brady also added that he is hoping that before a decision is made, they will research the benefits that will ensue from the move.
Currently, the NFL teams and players associations are negotiating on a collective bargaining agreement; this will give the owners a chance to change the rules on drug testing and punishment.
Brady said that he does not know much about the issue, but he is sure there are experts present to provide them with advice.
Jones has always been against the NFL’s strict stance on marijuana. A recent survey on cannabis showed that 67% of Americans are in favor of marijuana legalization. Punishing players for consuming cannabis could be more harmful to the NFL public image than do any good.
In the annual drugs test, if an NFL player’s results are positive, several fines are imposed, suspension and rehabilitation, whereas a contracted player can be tested at a minimum notice of 3 hours. In 2018, the NFL collected $4,000,000 in fines due to positive drug tests.
Speaking to Los Angeles Times, the former Chargers offensive lineman Kyle Turley said that players are known to side-step the process, passing annual marijuana tests, and then smoking weed the rest of the year. Baseball is a brutal game, and marijuana could help other players as it saved his life.
Speaking to The Washington Post in October, sources close to league owners said that the owners are willing to amend marijuana policies by making them less punitive, and this would limit NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s disciplinary powers over cannabis. The league and union are willing to study how pot can be used to manage pain.
Currently, the NFL team owners and NFL players’ unions are negotiating, and neither of the parties can comment on their progress. Past agreement negotiations lasted for a period of 57 days.
According to experts, this possible policy shift is likely to be good news for cannabis industry players like Neutra Corp. (OTC: NTRR) and Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) who have always wanted all categories of people to enjoy the benefits of marijuana, especially for medicinal purposes.
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