Article by JD Bal, Cannabis Life Network
Since 1968, professional athletes have been tested for the use of performance enhancing drugs and banned substances. Up until recently, cannabis was deemed a banned substance. Cannabis’s reputation as a banned substance is rapidly changing. Today, we will discuss five professional sports that permit the use of cannabis.
As of December 2019, MLB no longer classifies cannabis as a “drug of abuse” and instead treats it the same as alcohol. However, players may not show up high to games or practice sessions, nor can they be sponsored by a cannabis company, dispensary, or similar corporate entity. Hence, players can enjoy cannabis on their own time but cannot partake in the profitable partnerships realized by athletes in other sports.
The NBA declared that its random testing policy for cannabis would remain suspended for the 2020-2021 season, as it was for the conclusion of the previous season in the “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It seems that the NBA is in the process of revising its cannabis policy and is assuring players that they do not have to worry about random tests that could hinder their chances of competing.
While cannabis was never on the banned substances list of the NHL, it was still historically tested for in random tests conducted throughout a season. As of early 2019, the NHL became the first professional sports organization to stop testing its athletes for cannabis entirely. While the NHL does not recommend the use cannabis, its players are free to indulge in cannabis products as they see fit.