The NFL is finally trying to commit to making sure no players ever see another suspension over failed marijuana tests.
Previous reports suggested that the league was looking to soften up punishments for failed drug tests, but now we’ve learned that the standards in the proposed CBA would end marijuana suspensions forever, according to ProFootballTalk.
“If at least 50 percent plus one of the dues-paying members of the NFL Players Association vote in favor of the proposed CBA, no player will be suspended during the next decade for testing positive for marijuana or any other substance of abuse.
The 2020 substance-abuse policy, a link to which has been distributed to all players eligible to vote via email from NFLPA general counsel Tom DePaso, removes all suspensions for positive tests. Instead, players will be subject to fines only for a positive drug test.
Players in stage one of the program who test positive face no penalty at all, other than being advanced to stage two. In stage two, positive tests result only in fines.”
Players like Josh Gordon lost millions of dollars because of suspensions due to failing drug tests.
The punishment for weed violations in this proposal would just be fines.
This would be a great move from a league who has no issue with players using painkillers that a great number of them have become addicted to over the years.
Even still, there are a still a large number of players who have already voted No on the proposal.