The NFL’s test is 10 times more restrictive than that of the Olympic Committee. To add to the NFL’s
duplicity in weed testing, the league has paid for a study to determine if the substance assists players recovering from concussion syndrome.
With two states having already decriminalized the use of weed and several other state considering it, the NFL position on weed seems extreme. The NFL is currently negotiating with the NFLPA to trade testing for marijuana for testing for human growth hormone (HGH). It seems that the NFL is using the marijuana policy to force the NFLPA to accept HGH testing to allow players to smoke weed when they feel like it.
These negotiations are progressing but the league has announced that even if it removes marijuana testing from the drug policy, those that have already failed a test for it will not be affected. They will still be punished even as the league is eliminating the penalties and testing for it. That includes the top yardage receiver in the league last year Josh Gordon.
So the league is clearly duplicitous in its punishment for marijuana violations. It does not mind being duplicitous because it is the biggest bully in sports. The league needs to get knocked down a peg and the NFLPA needs to make sure that any change in the weed policy is retro-active to include those that were violated under the old testing program. That should include Josh Gordon.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think.
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The NFL's Marijuana Policy is Not What It Seems. by Bill Smith