Why The NFL’s New Marijuana Policy Won’t Really Change Things For Players

By The Fresh Toast‘s Bendan Bures, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis

Like most Americans, NFL players won’t see significant changes in marijuana policy until a change at the federal level.

The NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been approved by both owners and players, which means the league’s marijuana policy will now change; the NFL will move from a punishment model to a treatment-based one. Players won’t receive suspensions for positive marijuana tests and will instead receive a review from a medical board of doctors that will determine if they need help.

In addition, the league will reduce the marijuana testing window from four months over the summer to two weeks at the beginning of training camp. The threshold for a positive marijuana test will increase as well — up to 150 nanograms of THC/milliliter from its previous 35 ng/mL.

This all sounds positive on the surface, but it doesn’t represent the seismic …

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