The proposed NFL collective bargaining agreement reportedly features far less stringent policing of marijuana use by players.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the proposed CBA calls for “dramatically reduced penalties, with suspensions happening only in the event of extreme and repeated disregard of the policy or significant violations of applicable law regarding the possession and use of marijuana.”
Florio added that the testing window for marijuana would also be reduced to just two weeks. Currently, the window is April 20 through early August.
The current marijuana policy results in a player getting enrolled in a substance abuse program after one positive test, fines after the second and third, a four-game suspension after the fourth and a 10-game suspension after the fifth.
Many current and former players have spoken in support of marijuana usage for pain management as a safer alternative to addictive pain medication.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the NFL Players Association executive committee and player representatives will meet Thursday in Washington, D.C., to discuss and possibly vote on the proposed CBA. [Read more at Bleacher Report]