The NBA and the NBA Player’s Association have come to an agreement to halt randomized marijuana testing for the 2020-21 season.
Why is the NBA suspending marijuana tests?
NBA Spokesperson Mike Bass commented on the decision, “due to the unusual circumstances in conjunction with the pandemic, we have agreed with the NBPA to suspend random testing for marijuana for the 2020-21 season and focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse”.
The NBA’s announcement comes on the heels of a similar policy during the league’s previous season. When the 2019-2020 season was suspended and eventually moved into a performance bubble due to COVID-19, the NBA announced that it wouldn’t conduct recreational drug tests throughout the duration of the bubble. Rumors and speculation followed that players were taking full advantage of the policy change.
Marijuana Use in the NBA During a Pandemic
NBC Sports reported that, when NBA players were asked to anonymously predict the percentage of cannabis users in NBA locker rooms, estimates ranged from 50% to upwards of 85%.
NBA veteran Al Harrington also backed up the halt on cannabis testing, saying – “When…