NBA Now Allows Cannabis Use By Players

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

By TG Branfalt | | June 12, 2020

The NBA confirmed it would no longer drug test players for cannabis or any recreational drugs when the league resumes play in late July.

The National Basketball Association and its players union have agreed that players will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs when the league restarts at Disney World, but not recreational drugs, CBS Sports reports. The NBA suspended its season amid the coronavirus pandemic and the league and union are finalizing details for a shortened, “bubble” season to finish to the year.

The proposal was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

On Monday, the league also reinstated Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk who was suspended indefinitely at the start of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, according to the Charlotte Observer. The Hornets are not included in the 22-team restart plan set for late July.

The NBA’s relaxed drug policy for the league’s resumption coincides with Cresco Labs announcing that it added NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts to its board, although it’s unlikely the NBA’s drug testing decision is related to her appointment. Roberts has served as executive director of the union since 2014.

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