Suspensions for marijuana use in the NBA are about to go up in smoke.
The NBA will reportedly not test players for marijuana use in the upcoming NBA campaign, according to Ben Dowsett. This is the same policy the league used in the bubble in Orlando.
League sources: Continuing a theme from the Orlando bubble, the NBA will not test its players for marijuana for the upcoming 2020-21 season.— Ben Dowsett (@Ben_Dowsett) December 3, 2020
With marijuana becoming widely legalized across the country, it's no surprise that the NBA — arguably the most progressive of the major sports leagues — took this step to stop suspensions over the recreational drug.
NBA Twitter, of course, had a field day with the burning hot news as J.R. Smith was trending on the social media site.
The NBA stopped drug testing for marijuana and JR Smith immediately began trending— Tony Pesta (@Tony_Pesta) December 3, 2020
“NBA not testing for weed this season”— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) December 3, 2020
Dion Waiters and JR Smith: pic.twitter.com/6A5ax6pkDj
The WeedMaps delivery guy showing up to JR Smith’s pad now that the NBA won’t test for marijuana this season. pic.twitter.com/HujY6AvQIY— Devine Sports Gospel (@DevineGospel) December 3, 2020
NBA: There will be no more drug testing for marijuana.— Ian Ferno (@DJFerno007) December 3, 2020
JR Smith: ("What If God Was One of Us" plays in head) pic.twitter.com/zn7G4JRBiW
"NBA plans to continue not testing for marijuana during 2020-21 season" JR SMITH first game. pic.twitter.com/sBUZNqMT2B— 🎅🏽Santa𝕊𝕂𝕐 (@CanuckSyko) December 3, 2020
The question now becomes, will other leagues follow the NBA's footsteps?
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