On August 29, 2018, after months of negotiations, the NFL announced that it’s done with suspending players for testing positive for cannabis and will instead issue fines as a penalty.
This means that NFL players who test positive for cannabis will be fined, rather than suspended.
“We wanted to do our due diligence on this subject,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “We believe that it’s in the best interests of our players, our clubs, our fans, and the game.”
Goodell added: “We think it’s the right thing to do.”
This decision is undoubtedly a huge victory for the cannabis industry and its supporters.
Not only will this decision enable NFL players to use CBD without worrying about being suspended, it will also likely lead to even more players using CBD since now they can do so without fear of a penalty.
The NFL Players Association also praised the decision, saying that “the NFL is heading in the right direction.”
NFL stars such as retired defensive end Eugene Monroe, who has been a long-time cannabis advocate, also praised the NFL’s decision.
“A wise man once told me that the NFL’s ban on cannabis is poor policy. I agree,” said Monroe.
“I am confident that the NFL’s long-term view on cannabis will evolve as the scientific evidence becomes clearer and public opinion continues to shift. The NFL’s decision to allow the medical and therapeutic use of cbd is an important step in the right direction,” he added.
This decision is also likely to influence other professional sports leagues to follow suit.
As a result of the NFL’s decision, the NHL and the NBA are likely going to have to reconsider their own cbd policies.
Hopefully, the NFL’s decision will help to end the practice of professional sports leagues punishing players for using cbd.
It’s about time that professional sports leagues grow up and start allowing players to use cbd without fear of punishment.
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