The National Football League looks like it is ready to make major concessions regarding its policy on cannabis.
According to NBC Sports, the NFL could be loosening its substance abuse regulations, especially those pertaining to the use of marijuana, in its next collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with its athletes.
Sports analysts believe that the NFL will use the offer to revise any provision of the policy as a bargaining chip during the negotiations. Concessions from the players union are also expected in return.
The NFL has always had a strict stance on cannabis and it has always been committed in its efforts to monitor its players and make sure they are not taking prohibited substances, including weed.
In fact, the NFL had adopted a program of testing its athletes for drugs, even if it does not have a bearing on their performance. However, more and more athletes, especially retired ones, have recently opened up about using medical cannabis in order to manage pain caused by football-related injuries.
The details of the concessions have not yet been revealed. However, according to the report, it is possible that there would be a complete abandonment and implicit legalization of cannabis. Although if the league does go in that direction, they would have to put a procedure in place for those players who are charged with cannabis-related offenses in states where cannabis is still not permitted.
There will also be a need for a delicate balance. If the NFL would allow players to use cannabis freely as long as they are in a cannabis-legal state, free agents will certainly flock to teams in these said states. We will have to see how the NFL will approach this.