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NBA and NBPA Tentatively Agree to Remove Marijuana Testing for Players

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NBA and NBPA Tentatively Agree to Remove Marijuana Testing for Players
NBA and NBPA Tentatively Agree to Remove Marijuana Testing for Players

The NBA will no longer test for marijuana, according to a tentative deal between the league and the National Basketball Players Association. The two sides announced the collective bargaining agreement, which still needs to be ratified before it becomes official, on Saturday morning, according to The Athletic.

If the players and team governors ratify the CBA, the seven-year deal would include a stipulation that marijuana will be removed from the drug testing program and NBA players will no longer be penalized for its use, The Athletic reported, citing sources with knowledge of the details of the agreement. In a statement posted to Twitter, the National Basketball Players Association said: “Specific details will be made available once a term sheet is finalized.

” “Since day one, the goal of the NBPA in this negotiation was to protect our players, enrich their lives on and off the court, and establish a framework that recognizes our players as true partners with the governors in both the NBA and the business world at large!” NBPA executive director Tamika Tremaglio said in a tweet.

Amid the pandemic, the NBA announced in late 2021 that it would no longer randomly test players for marijuana use after suspending testing in March 2020. At the time, NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league would instead “focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse.”

Some NBA athletes – including Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Allen Iverson – have been open about their own weed use and advocated for cannabis legalization.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have tentatively agreed to a deal that would eliminate marijuana testing for players. The Athletic reported that the collective bargaining agreement was announced by both parties on Saturday morning, but still requires ratification before becoming official.

Sources familiar with the agreement’s specifics state that marijuana will be excluded from the NBA’s drug testing program, and athletes will no longer be penalized for its usage. The seven-year contract will only come into effect if it is ratified by both players and team governors.

The NBPA stated in a tweet that they will provide more details once a term sheet is finalized. Tamika Tremaglio, the executive director of the NBPA, said in a tweet that the organization’s goal was to protect players, enhance their lives both on and off the court, and establish a framework that recognizes players as equal partners with governors in the NBA and the larger business community.

In response to the pandemic, the NBA suspended marijuana testing in March 2020, and in late 2021, announced that it would no longer randomly test players for cannabis use. Instead, the league will prioritize its random testing program on drugs of abuse and performance-enhancing products, according to NBA spokesman Mike Bass.

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Rochdi Rais is a senior editor and journalist that has been published in major publications.

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