Report: NBA will not be testing players for cannabis this season

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) will reportedly continue its policy of not testing players for cannabis when the 2020-2021 season begins later this month. Reporter Ben Dowsett broke the news in a series of tweets yesterday. The policy adjustment has not yet been confirmed by the league. The NBA won’t be testing players for recreational drugs when it resumes play at Disney World Al Harrington warns NBA players to stock up on cannabis as they enter the Disney World bubble and resume the season Matt Barnes: Half the NBA has gone through a league-mandated drug program for cannabis use League sources: Continuing a theme from the Orlando bubble, the NBA will not test its players for marijuana for the upcoming 2020-21 season.— Ben Dowsett (@Ben_Dowsett) December 3, 2020 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js When the NBA resumed play following a four-month pause prompted by the pandemic, it refrained from testing players for recreational drug — including MDMA, cocaine and cannabis — while players competed in the Orlando bubble. Apparently, at least some of that policy adjustment will continue this season. Dowsett noted that the decision was motivated by COVID-19 safety measures and reducing unnecessary contact with players, but with four more states voting to legalize adult-use cannabis last month , and the majority of NBA teams competing in states where recreational or medical cannabis is legal, momentum is building to eliminate cannabis testing as a standard policy. Dowsett’s anonymous source also suggested the league will continue to test ‘for cause’, meaning that if a player is suspected of using cannabis or has tested positive for it in the past, that person may be tested again. Michele Roberts, executive director of the player’s association, has previously predicted there could be a change to the league’s cannabis policy by the end of 2020. Though that seems…

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