Marijuana testing window opens today

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It’s April 20.  4/20.  The unofficial marijuana holiday.  It’s also the day on which the marijuana amnesty ends for all NFL players.

Players not in the substance-abuse program are subject to one test per year, from April 20 through August 9.  After submitting to that one test per year, a player can smoke at will — and/or take other drugs prohibited by the substance-abuse policy (e.g., cocaine, amphetamines, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, PCP, MDMA) — without fear of consequence.  (During the regular season, amphetamines and MDMA become PEDs.)

That’s how Aaron Hernandez managed to chain-smoke marijuana.  He stopped long enough before April 20 to let the metabolites exit his system, and then once he gave a sample it was time to crack open the turkey bag.

Until the next April 20, the only risk comes from getting arrested for marijuana possession, having a joint fall out of a player’s jacket in the presence of a league official, and/or admitting publicly to smoking marijuana.  (For example, when former NFL receiver Randy Moss admitted to smoking marijuana “every blue moon,” Moss nearly landed in the program.)

Once in the program, testing can happen up to 10 times per month.  Which means up to 120 times per year.  As opposed to the one test per year.

So, basically, a player not in the program needs to stop smoking on or about March 20 and to quit until after taking his once-per-year test.  After that, it’s smoke ’em if you got ’em until the next March 20.

65 responses to “Marijuana testing window opens today

  1. Did the players collectively bargain that 4/20 must be the start of day of no more drug testing?

    Either way, it’s awesome.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. If the NFL was so concearned for health of the players medical marijuana wouldnt be banned and players fall into addiction with perscription painkillers. Shouldnt be banned for players that live in areas where it is now legal as well. Cooincidence we get a pot story on 4/20?

  3. Josh Gordon fails again….probable.

    They should test Goddell, his actions have been hairy. Might yield some anxious moments from his kush-eee seat.

  4. Hahaha this is hilarious. This is basically a, “How To Do Drugs While Playing in the NFL: For Dummies.”

    Tells you when to stop and everything. This is definitely a stoner friendly article.

    Happy 4/20

  5. But hey, you can drink all the alcohol you can get your hands on as long as you don’t get in an accident or a DUI.

    The fact we even test for marijuana in this country is a joke. Marijuana is a far safer outlet then getting drunk “legally”.

  6. A player who fails this test can get suspended indefinitely without pay while a player who beats a child to a pulp is put on paid leave and reinstated.

  7. I’LL SAY IT AGAIN (like I have for the last 20 years)…

    NFL drug testing is a joke.

    The performance enhancing anti-doping protocol is a joke, too.

    SEE: Federally indicted pittsburgh steelers team doctor of 22 years richard rydze

    22 years.

  8. The term 4/20 in relation to marijuana was coined by a group of San Rafael, CA high school students back in 1971. Calling themselves “The Waldo’s”, they would meet up at a statue on campus every day at 4:20pm and smoke out.

    Cheers

  9. But players can drink all the alcohol they want! Hey Player X, put down that bong and drink that full bottle of vodka. I don’t smoke weed, I have zero desire to smoke weed but can we legalize it already and focus on actual important things?

  10. YESSSS!

    Now we can see which players take their careers seriously. I am sure that there are many players who value weed over career, the NFLPA, and the media enable them by making excuses such as “it’s just weed”.

    Players who use weed and other illegal drugs, should be suspended and/or banned because what they do affects the team, the chemistry b/w players, and play on the field (esp when said player is suspended).

    Drug addiction is NOT a disease….it is a CHOICE. People who claim that drug addiction is a “disease” disempower addicts from escaping drug addiction. Instead it’s “you have no power over the drug, only professional help will get you over your addiction”. This is merely stacking the market in the “professionals” favor.

    Players can afford treatment centers, if addicts were empowered and taught that they could CHOOSE to get over drugs themselves, then these centers would go out of business.

  11. I can’t decide what would be more funny, if they picked that date accidentally or on purpose.

  12. If weed is legalized, then you start the slippery slope of then you want cocaine, heroin, meth, purple-drank, crack, and whatever else people take these days.

    IMO if weed (or any other drug) is legalized, the law must clearly state that the United States taxpayer will not spend a single penny on treatment.

    If you use, and you get addicted, that is on you. Taxpayers had no say whatsoever in whether you took drugs in the first place, that was all you. So when you get hooked, and want treatment, pay for it your damn self.

  13. This is more of an intelligence test than the “Wonderlic.” Are you smart enough to pass the test or are you too dumb to plan for it. Sadly, there will be a few players who fit in the latter group.

  14. “garyridgway says: Apr 20, 2015 8:39 AM
    But hey, you can drink all the alcohol you can get your hands on as long as you don’t get in an accident or a DUI.

    The fact we even test for marijuana in this country is a joke. Marijuana is a far safer outlet then getting drunk “legally”.
    ===================================
    Yet Alcohol is legal and marijuana is not (in 48 states). Until it is legal nationwide, the NFL has to have rules in place.

    That said, this is more of an intelligence test for players. If they’re stupid enough to fail an announced test then they have serious issues.

  15. I wonder how many NFL players are currently studying in hopes they pass!!??!!

  16. “Until it is legal nationwide, the NFL has to have rules in place.”
    Umm… Why?

    My job performance has much greater implications for society than any NFL player. I am an ICU RN at a major metro area Level 1 Trauma hospital that serves not just our state, but also occasionally draws patients from several neighboring states. NFLers are nothing more than entertainers. Drug testing by my employer is not done unless I give them reason to do so. Basically I would need to show some huge red flags to trigger a drug test.
    And that is as it should be. The NFL’s policy is ridiculous.

  17. No matter where you go, there is always that 1 guy who didn’t learn a thing from the failure of 1920’s prohibition.

    If you want to keep drugs like marijuana funding murderous gangsters instead of legitimate taxpaying businesses, be my guest. Just don’t complain about the Trillions more you’ll continue to spend in taxes policing, trialling, and incarcerating these non-violent offenders.

    There is a better way.

  18. Pretty ridiculous that there are those who still claim that marijuana use leads to smack or crack even though there is no evidfence to base this on. Probably the same people who point to Dave O’Briens Refer Madness as evidence of how harmful weed is.

  19. ‘First in line for testing … should be … Chip Kelly.’

    I’m not a pyscho-pharmacologist, but don’t think these tests check for hallucinogens.

  20. If the CBA allowed it, I’d have my team test weekly. So many bone head plays are probably attributable to harmless pot, which is funny until a season ends because of it. I was going to haul in that catch to help the Cowboys advance, but instead I got a little high.

    I was going to swat down that floater Seahawks 2 pt conversion attempt, but instead I got a little high.

    I was going to make a simple catch and run into the end zone to win the SB but instead I got a little high.

  21. I am surprised this puzzle took so long to put together. On one hand you have a policy that looks ‘tough’ on pot. In reality you have a *wink/*nod policy that isn’t. You don’t think the CBA negotiations take so long arguing over 1/2 of 1% do you?

  22. And how much does all this testing cost? It’s not my money, but it would seem that the NFL shoudl have better things to spend it on…like ANYTHING else.

    Testing for PEDs should be given this kind of attention.

  23. finish the statement…it’s 4/20…..2015 yes 2015…just legalize it….who cares if they have bongs in the locker rooms..less evil than booze , and that is a fact.

  24. “So, basically, a player not in the program needs to stop smoking on or about March 20 and to quit until after taking his once-per-year test. After that, it’s smoke ’em if you got ’em until the next March 20.”

    In the words of revered philosopher Tommy Chong, “Aw, far out, man!”

  25. If volunteering was an option my guess would be long lines on about the 25th ( give yourself couple extra days just to be sure).

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