BIG3 basketball league will allow players to use medical marijuana

The BIG3 has become the first professional sports league to allow the use of CBD derived from cannabis as medical treatment.

The 3-on-3 pro basketball league announced on Thursday that it will allow players to treat pain and other medical conditions with CBD medication, ESPN reports.

“The Big3 is uniquely positioned in professional sports as a player-powered league that looks at our players as partners not property,” said co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz. “As a testament to our relationship with our players, we listened to their feedback on CBD, as well as feedback from professionals in the regulatory and CBD industry, and decided to take this major step to support their health.”

The rule goes into effect immediately, making it the first U.S. pro league to allow CBD for pain relief and recovery. The league notes, however, that the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from its list of banned substances last year.

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