Guest Post – Joshua Schmidt: When a rule isn’t a rule?
Joshua Schmidt writes……For something that has been so commonly demonised in popular culture as cannabis, the impact of COVID-19 has reset the thinking on more than one level. Let’s take a look at the treatment of cannabis and cannabis-related crime now that there are bigger issues at play. NBA players won’t be subject to drug testing during the coronavirus-induced season hiatus. Let that sink in for a moment. One of the Big 4 sporting leagues won’t drug test during a league hiatus. Still a banned substance, at least until the World Health Organization (WHO) makes a ruling on cannabis in the near future, and with potential that the league could resume play, exactly what is the thought process around the use of cannabis for athletes? If by some miracle, the NBA season resumes and some form of post-season play occurs; what happens to testing as play starts again? And what are the parameters in which they would be tested? If the season starts again, it is not just regular season fixtures, but rather, championship glory that could be in jeopardy. Let’s think about this for a moment. Is this hiatus a greater indication of the acceptance of cannabis for recreational and therapeutic use, or is the decision reflective of the people’s (and sporting leagues’) uncertainty around the cannabis issue as a whole? In times like this, are we seeing the real perspective and stance on an issue coming to the fore, or are we…
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