Could the NFL be relaxing some of its stances when it comes to the league’s substance abuse policy?
According to ProFootballTalk, the NFL is planning on making concessions with the policy with the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, starting with it’s policy on marijuana.
It’s unclear what those concessions will be, but one theory is the league will relax its stance on marijuana, especially as the drug becomes legal across the United States.
ProFootballTalk noted that if that specific aspect of the policy is amended, other changes will need to take place in regards to players who are charged criminally where marijuana still is illegal.
That could cause an imbalance, especially if pro-marijuana players move on to states where the drug is legalized.
It also was noted that the league has already has been lenient when it comes to the substance-abuse policy, noting that players who have been suspended indefinitely were normally reinstated after a year-long ban.
In order for the NFL to get approval to lift the marijuana ban, it will need to be in agreement with NFLPA.