It’s Not a Marijuana Free-For-All for Professional Athletes

It’s Not a Marijuana Free-For-All for Professional Athletes

When it was announced earlier this year during the offseason that professional baseball players were no longer going to be drug tested for marijuana, well, let’s just say that the cannabis advocacy community considered it a homerun. It was progress. For the past several years, there has been a lot of chatter surrounding cannabis and athletes, some of which insists that these mofos should have the freedom to use it as an alternative to prescription drugs. But conflicting state and federal laws have the leagues a little apprehensive about going all-in with respect to anything weed-related. Still, the pressure is mounting. So, as an act of good faith — that is, to keep all of the reefer radicals off their backs — some pro sports leagues, including the MLB, have come to grips with the fact that it might be detrimental in this day and age to keep testing players for pot. Only, that doesn’t mean that athletes can go full-blown stoner. It turns out there could still be some stiff penalties for those players who wear their pot consumption on their sleeves. Although the white coats of the MLB are not scouring player’s systems this year for THC, a recent memo obtained by ESPN’s Jeff Passan shows that marijuana use isn’t exactly being embraced. The document indicates that players and team officials who “appear under the influence of marijuana or any other cannabinoid during any of the club’s games, practices, workouts, meetings or otherwise during the course and within the scope of…

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