The days of NFL players getting suspended for testing positive for marijuana are over. Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was passed by the NFLPA on Sunday, marijuana use can no longer be a reason for a player to get suspended.
As marijuana has been legalized in states across the country, there has been a push for the NFL to eliminate penalizing players when it shows up on drug tests. Now that has become reality. According to James Palmer of the NFL Network, not only does the new CBA do away with suspensions for players who test positive for marijuana, but it also limits testing and raises the threshold for a positive result.
“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,” Palmer tweeted on Sunday.
Along with a new marijuana policy, there are a number of other big changes that will come with the new CBA. Starting in the 2020 season, there will be two additional playoffs each game. 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.
The new CBA also gives teams some picture of how much they can spend on the open market later this week. NFL free agency begins on Wednesday, and the new salary cap is expected to be set at $198.2 million for the 2020 season.