The NFL may lift the ban on marijuana through the collected bargaining that is soon to take place.
According to NBC, this notion and possibility comes on the heels of the latest suspension because of recreational drug use, Josh Gordon. But even more than the suspension of Gordon, the topic of marijuana and its permitted use has always been a sore point of conversation and mitigation as the ban itself really has nothing to do with enhancing play or performance, but rather an ideology that began years ago rooted in a stigma of what marijuana is and does.
However, as the NFL takes on another social topic—this time the use of marijuana—the owners and players, coaches, all parties at the table sees and knows the changing climate in the United States about and concerning marijuana. More and more states are legalizing it, and it’s already well known for its medicinal purposes along with its recreational.
What has to be considered in the argument as it goes before the NFL and players union during the collective bargaining is the impact that it will have on players: as far as usage, most would agree that marijuana would do more good than harm, especially given the injuries and pain endured by players; it is a viable and possible valuable alternate route for physical, mental, and emotional coping and betterment. And most would attest to that.
Ultimately, the way this plays out is between the NFL and the players’ union. The negotiation of lifting the ban at best is a levy that owners would want to use as a bargaining chip for other concessions. It is unclear just how much leverage this would have as it’s well known and has been reported that many players circumvent the testing policy anyways, and the actual ban itself does not affect a majority of players. Nevertheless, what is understood is that the possibility of the ban being lifted is a consideration that will most likely go along with other additives in the collective bargaining discussions and its actual achievement will only come along the lines of grouping this issue with others as a package deal.