NFL Reportedly Might Change Drug Policy Regarding Weed

By Shawn Dwyer 05/14/14

An anonymous league source told ESPN that the NFL's drug policy regarding marijuana is outdated and needs to change with the times.

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According to a league source initially quoted by ESPN, the National Football League might possibly revise its drug policy concerning marijuana.

The source said on Tuesday that the league has been negotiating changes to its drug policy since 2011, and that they are prepared to “significantly increase the threshold for a positive marijuana test and reduce the punishments for violations involving that drug.”

ESPN was told by the source that the “NFL's policy on marijuana is outdated, pointing out that the World Anti-Doping Agency has a higher threshold for a positive test than the NFL currently does.” Meanwhile, the NFL Players Association has been calling for the league to look at the research regarding medical marijuana, something that the Commissioner Roger Goodell alluded was a possibility earlier in the year.

"I don't know what's going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries, but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine," Goodell said. 

Of course, none of this means a thing for Cleveland Browns star, Josh Gordon, who was just handed down a year suspension earlier this week for his second violation of the league’s drug policy.

Gordon had a problem with marijuana dating back to his college days at Baylor University. He was suspended from the NFL for two games last year, only to receive an entire year for his second violation.

“Despite everything I’ve been through, despite being a kid with a spotty background, the Cleveland Browns stuck their neck out and risked taking me and put their faith and belief in me, and I won’t let them down,” said Gordon. “I’m grateful, and I know I can’t go back to being the person I used to be.”

Gordon is trying to have the sentence reduced to four-to-six games, though that appears unlikely even with the apparent shift in NFL policy.

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