It is the only major professional league in the United States that still penalizes the use of cannabis.
Perhaps the first signal has been the one that the NBA gave in the previous to the resumption of its championship in the “bubble” of Orlando. There it was determined that there would be no mandatory medical tests to detect the use of so-called social drugs by players. Now, according to a prestigious American journalist, the decision could be extended and the league could remove marijuana from its ban list. It is the only major league in the country that still penalizes the use of cannabis.
The journalist from The Ringer Bill Simmons (one of the most prestigious in the United States) participated in a podcast with his ESPN colleague Zach Lowe and there he revealed: “I think it will be legal after the next agreement. Not testing for marijuana was a concession that was made to the players for having them locked in the ‘bubble’, “he explained.
And he added: “Could that have been one of the factors that allowed the quality of play to be better?”
With the decision of the Major Leagues of Baseball and the American football NFL, which as of this year decided to eliminate marijuana from the list of prohibited substances to adapt its regulations and treat any problem related to its consumption in the same way. Disorders are treated with alcohol, the NBA was the only major league (group that completes the NHL hockey) that punished its consumption.
Even before what was determined for the “bubble” in Orlando, the league punished doping for marijuana with financial penalties that, after the third positive test, became a five-game suspension.
In the last days of February, none other than two-time champion and one-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant joined the many voices fighting for the acceptance of cannabis.
“Everyone on my team drinks coffee regularly, or goes out for wine after games. For me, marijuana should be at that level,” justified the Brooklyn Nets forward on the podcast of former players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, who had problems during their career precisely because of marijuana use.
In 2018, former player Kenyon Martin, chosen in the first position of the 2000 draft, assured that he was convinced that at least “85% of the players” smoked marijuana during the time he played in the NBA.
Will the basketball league take the final step regarding consumption among players?