New CBA would shrink annual marijuana testing window to two weeks

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Currently, the window for the NFL’s annual marijuana testing opens on April 20 (yep, 4/20) and lasts until early August. Which means that players who hope to stay on the right side of the program need to get clean roughly a month before 4/20 and stay clean until they’re tested, with the test coming as late as August.

The new CBA, if accepted by the players, would reduce the duration of the testing window dramatically. Per multiple sources, the window for annual testing would be open for only two weeks.

This reduces significantly the amount of time each year that players would have to refrain from using marijuana, if they aren’t already in the program (and thus subject to enhanced testing).

As one source explained it, a new CBA also would include 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.

So while it won’t be legalized within the NFL’s internal judicial system, it will be largely decriminalized — and the effort to catch violators will be dramatically curtailed.

It’s unclear when the two-week window will open. It’s much better to get it out of the way early in the offseason program. If the two-week period comes during training camp, that will force players who want to not test positive to refrain from using during the final few weeks before the grind returns.

25 responses to “New CBA would shrink annual marijuana testing window to two weeks

  1. This would pertain to recreational use of THC only? What about cannabidol ointments and pills to reduce pain and THC compound A to restore white blood-cell counts?

  2. The NFL has to half ass everything. Just stop testing for it. Only penalties should be for charges resulting from states prosecuting where it’s not legal. Then it would be personal conduct.

  3. “eaglesmancave says: “The NFL has to half ass everything. Just stop testing for it. Only penalties should be for charges resulting from states prosecuting where it’s not legal. Then it would be personal conduct.”
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    Doesn’t work that way. The CBA affects employees (ie players) from every state under ONE rule only. Either the NFL makes it legal for everyone (and violating a few states’ laws) or banning it for everyone so they are all EQUAL under the CBA.

    But sure, blame the NFL and rant away…

  4. “ither the NFL makes it legal for everyone (and violating a few states’ laws) or banning it for everyone so they are all EQUAL under the CBA.”

    No the league would not be violating state laws where it is still prohibited.

    The players would be the ones committing the violation only if they chose to posses marijuana in one of those states.

  5. akira1971 says:

    February 15, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    “eaglesmancave says: “The NFL has to half ass everything. Just stop testing for it. Only penalties should be for charges resulting from states prosecuting where it’s not legal. Then it would be personal conduct.”
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    Doesn’t work that way. The CBA affects employees (ie players) from every state under ONE rule only. Either the NFL makes it legal for everyone (and violating a few states’ laws) or banning it for everyone so they are all EQUAL under the CBA.

    But sure, blame the NFL and rant away…
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    It’s always funny when someone who doesnt understand something calls someone else out. The NFL would violate no state laws by not testing for it thus making it legal to play in the nfl if you smoke. Many businesses in states where it’s illegal do not test for it, this would be no different.

  6. Why test at all? What good can come from it? Just have suspensions in place for getting caught with it. Otherwise it shouldn’t be up to the NFL to play the parents of its workforce. Most drugs aren’t even traceable in a couple of days and the less harmful one sticks around for up to a month (a lot less for active people in shape).

  7. The players are happy when they get tested early so they don’t have to suffer as long. “Just go on and test me now”

  8. vote no
    tell em if they want 17 games
    then they have to give up pot testing altogether
    they will take it

  9. The union needs new leadership. The players would be better off without having any representatives, than they are with the current people. I really lose sympathy with the players when they don’t vote in their own best interest. I’m just kind of shocked that the media that supposedly looks out for the well-being of the players, is silent when it comes to criticizing the NFLPA who does nothing to help the players. It’s as though the union bosses are being paid by the owners and not the players. Then the same media criticizes the league when the players get a raw deal. Nobody blames the incompetent union leaders, and the players just continue to get screwed.

  10. footballismybusiness says:

    THC is not a PED, but it can be great for pain relief. Makes no sense to test for this.
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    They smoke it because they want to get stoned and if they get a prescription for Percocet they will still pop them like candy. As ytou would. And yeah, 99.9% of them drink alcohol as well.

  11. I’d be okay with a rule that required all players to test positive for weed before each game. That might be entertaining.

  12. Employers should not be allowed to test for it in states where it has been legalized. The politicians of those states sure dont mind collecting the tax revenue from sales of a legal product, but they fail to step in to protect their constituents from outdated, close-minded and discriminatory employment practices.

  13. I’m with the NFL on this.

    Its FAR more important to stop players from using Weed than it is to prevent players from breaking childrens arms/terrorizing your OWN kid, and beating up women.

    The NFL ha sit’s priorities straight. Thankfully they have Rodger Goodell, a wise and smart leader.

  14. I think teams should be able to test, but the results should be kept private and confidential. There also should be no punishment attached to use. The reason for testing is I think an employer who pays millions to an employee has a right to know if they are stoned a lot. It can’t help their performance if they are stoned.

  15. This is a conundrum. My mother (who is anti-drug to the extreme)is open to CBD 100% yet finds faults in THC. She is in her 70’s. This is definitely a generation policy and has no easy fix.

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