The National Basketball Association has removed cannabis from its banned substance list under a new deal that allows league players to smoke cannabis and invest in cannabis companies. The new collective bargaining agreement, approved by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in April, will go into effect on Saturday, July 1 and will run through the 2029-30 season.
Friday, the league and players association announced The final long version of the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) has been completed and signed. The terms of the new CBA were previously reflected in a shorter form memorandum of understanding.
Cannabis removed from NBA’s list of banned substances
Under the new deal, cannabis will be removed from the NBA’s list of banned substances. The agreement also eliminates marijuana testing for players, giving them the opportunity to smoke marijuana and use other cannabis products without fear of reprisal.
Players will be allowed to use cannabis and will no longer be tested for cannabis, but the new contract has some restrictions. Players will not be allowed to get high at games, practices or other team functions, and controversial cannabis use will still be subject to action from the league.
“Any team that has reason to believe that one of its players has been under the influence of marijuana or alcohol while engaging in NBA or team-related activities, or has a marijuana or alcohol dependency problem, shall have that player We can refer you to the necessary evaluation and treatment programs,” said Contract overview.
The agreement also states that “the NBA and teams may impose reasonable discipline on affected players while engaging in team activities or violating the law.” It is written.
The CBA also allows players to invest in the cannabis industry. Players would be allowed to invest in CBD companies and would be able to “hold a passive, non-controlling interest in companies that manufacture products containing marijuana.” Additionally, the summary of the collective bargaining agreement states that while players “may promote companies that manufacture products containing CBD,” they “remain prohibited from promoting marijuana companies.”
Jesse Barnes, chief marketing officer of public relations firm Grasslands, told SFGATE that the new rules could allow NBA athletes to become the face of the CBD movement, arguing that athletes will be able to promote “health and wellness” by launching CBD. There is an opportunity to truly take advantage of this moment in the Proprietary CBD brand.
“There is common knowledge that CBD is a drug, one that relieves pain and reduces inflammation.” burns said. “The mainstream public is starting to understand that.”
Previous Policy Disciplining Players for Pot Use
The NBA’s previous cannabis policy included a ban on drug use by all players. The policy violation was addressed by having the player enrolled in the league’s counseling and treatment program for the initial violation. There were more offenses after that, with a second offense resulting in a $25,000 fine and a third offense resulting in a five-game suspension without pay.
The NBA has suspended cannabis testing for players as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. At the end of 2020, league commissioner Adam Silver said the suspension was likely to be permanent. He said instead of mandating a testing program for all players, the league would approach players who were using cannabis for problems or believed to be using cannabis for addiction reasons and said, “Take it easy. are using,” he added, refusing to punish the players.
“Given everything that’s going on in society, and the pressure and stress our players are under, we’ve decided that we don’t need to act as Big Brother right now,” Silver said. told NBC. “I think society’s perception of marijuana has changed to some extent.”
cannabis and professional sports
The end of cannabis bans for NBA players follows similar steps by top US professional sports leagues. In 2019, Major League Baseball (MLB) removed marijuana from its banned substance list, but current policy does not allow players to be disciplined if they appear to be under the influence of cannabis during games, practices, or team meetings. It recognized.
MLB’s cannabis policy has continued to evolve since the league announced last year that it would allow teams to enter into sponsorship deals with cannabis companies. Four months later, the league announced that a product from Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web Holdings had been named “MLB’s Official CBD.”
The National Hockey League (NHL) also no longer lists cannabis as a banned substance, and players who test positive for the drug will not be disciplined. Athletes who detect “abnormally” high levels of THC during testing will be referred to a voluntary treatment programme.
The National Football League’s 2020-21 collective bargaining agreement relaxed the league’s policy on cannabis, allowing players to use it during the offseason while maintaining a ban throughout the playing season. The agreement also raises the level of THC that may be present in player drug tests before imposing sanctions from the league, ends match suspensions for positive drug tests, and replaces players with was fined.