NBA Will Not Test Players for Cannabis Next Year

The National Basketball Association will not test its players for cannabis during the upcoming season, according to an NBC Sports report. The policy between the NBA and players union extends the drug testing rules from last season.

Cannabis remains on the league’s banned substances list and testing for cause – that is for past program violators who have given reasonable cause – will continue.

Sports reporter Ben Dowsett suggested on Twitter that the “decision is largely based on COVID safety” as a way to limit “unnecessary contacts.” He added, though, that there’s “significant expectation from many in the league that the entire marijuana testing program is on the way out in the near future.”

Under the league’s collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and NBPA, players who test positive for performance-enhancing drugs are suspended for 25 games for a first violation, 55 games for a second violation, and are banned from the league for a minimum of two years for a third violation. Under normal rules, players can be drug tested up to four times per season and twice in the offseason.

In an interview with Yahoo Sports last year, league Commissioner Adam Silver said cannabis use by players in the offseason is “no issue” but questioned why players would smoke “a lot of pot.”

“And that’s where mental wellness comes in. Because I’ve also talked directly to players who say, ‘I’m smoking a lot of pot, because I have a lot of anxiety. And I’m struggling.’ … And at the end of the day, I think we all agree that, whether or not marijuana is a legal substance, just like with alcohol, you still have to teach young people how to use a substance like that appropriately and responsibly and so it doesn’t overwhelm your life. So, it’s a complicated issue.” – Silver to Yahoo Sports

Last June, Cresco Labs appointed Executive Director of the NBA players union, Michele Roberts, to its board. In 2018, Roberts said the league was “exploring” medical exemptions for NBA players to use medical cannabis but said federal law stood in the way.

Originally Published on 2020 12 04 by TG Branfalt |

Thank you for joining us today for our latest news post. If you have any questions or comments about this post, we’d love to hear from you in the comments! Join the newsletter to stay up to date on the latest Industry News and keep an eye out for our next news article!

Disclaimer: This content was sourced from and republished to our website to add value and additional content for our readers. In order to maintain the safety, functionality, and integrity of, the sourced content may have been altered. To access the original content, please click the link below:


Share on email
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on tumblr
The Editor

The Editor is the internet's largest CBD stores directory. Browse 100s of CBD businesses, find CBD near you, and more!
  • Comments are closed.
  • Sign Up For Our Newsletter

    Stay informed with the latest articles on our CBD blog

    Related Posts

    CBD hemp oil, Hand holding bottle of Cannabis oil against Marijuana plant. Herbal Treatment, Alternative Medicine

    How CBD Can Help You

    With more and more CBD products entering the market every year, the CBD industry is growing at a rapid pace. The industry is projected to

    Pin It on Pinterest