NFL Will No Longer Suspend Players Who Test Positive For THC
The NFL players voted in favor of the NFL owners’ proposed collective bargaining agreement Sunday, meaning a 17th regular-season game and expanded playoffs are on the way soon.
“We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement. “
Under the new CBA, which was passed by the NFLPA on Sunday, marijuana use can no longer be a reason for a player to get suspended.
James Palmer of the NFL Network tweeted out Sunday, “The new CBA eliminates suspensions for positive marijuana tests and also limits the testing period to the first two weeks of training camp and raises the threshold for a positive test from 35 to 150 nanograms of THC.”
Along with the new marijuana policy, several other big changes will come with the new CBA. Starting in the 2020 season, there will be two additional playoffs for each game, and in 2021, a 17th game will be added to the regular-season schedule. The minimum salary in the NFL will also see an increase, as will the revenue share that the players receive.