New York, NY: The NBA and the Players Association have reportedly settled upon a new collective bargaining agreement that amends the league’s cannabis-related policies.
The new agreement codifies changes first implemented on a temporary basis in 2020 limiting the ability of league officials to randomly screen players for cannabis and to punish those who test positive.
The changes are similar to those implemented by Major League Baseball, which also dropped cannabis from its banned substances list. Both the NFL and the NHL continue to drug test some players for cannabis use, but they no longer impose suspensions for those who test positive for it. Last year, the NCAA also relaxed its marijuana testing regulations.
It has also been reported that the new NBA agreement will permit players to provide paid endorsements for certain cannabis products. However, full details of the new collective bargaining agreement have not yet been made public.
Additional information on cannabis and drug testing is available from the NORML Fact Sheet, ‘Marijuana Legalization and Impact on the Workplace.’