NBA Lifts Marijuana Ban, Ending Random Drug Testing

    An official NBA ball falls into the hoop prior to the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Memphis Grizzlies at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on January 04, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

    *As part of a tentative agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the league will no longer test players for marijuana.

    A collective bargaining agreement was announced between the two sides, which must still be ratified before it becomes official, according to The Athletic.

    It is expected that the seven-year deal if ratified by the NBA players and team governors will include an agreement eliminating marijuana from the drug testing program and prohibiting NBA players from being penalized for using it.

    In a statement posted to Twitter, the National Basketball Players Association said: “Specific details will be made available once a term sheet is finalized.” 

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    Game changer: The league’s new collective bargaining agreement will give players the ability to invest in NBA and WNBA teams, as well as promote and/or invest in sports betting and cannabis companies, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

    — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 2, 2023

    According to Shams Charania of The Athletic “NBA players will no longer be prohibited for marijuana under the new seven-year Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

    “It’s been removed from the anti-drug testing program, a process that began during 2019-20 season,” he reported.

    “Since day one, the goal of the NBPA in this negotiation was to protect our players, enrich their lives on and off the court, and establish a framework that recognizes our players as true partners with the governors in both the NBA and the business world at large!” NBPA executive director Tamika Tremaglio said in a tweet.

    Meanwhile, last year, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that teams could sell sponsorships to CBD businesses

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