It appears the NFL will finally be looking towards changing their antiquated and overly severe drug policy. The NFLPA (NFL Players Association) will soon vote on some proposed changes to the NFL’s current policy.
If the changes are accepted, there would be an increased threshold for any player that tests positive for marijuana. Nate Jackson, a New York Times contributor, who was also a former NFL tight end, says that he medicated with marijuana for the majority of his career and feels that the way Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon was treated is unfair.
Jackson goes on to say, “Gordon has marijuana in his system. He broke the rules. I understand that. But this is a rule that absurdly equates marijuana with opiates, steroids, and PCP. The NFL’s threshold for disciplinary action for marijuana is 10 times higher than the one used by the International Olympic Committee.”
This is a long time coming for the NFL to take a look at the way they handle marijuana across the league. Morgan Fox of the marijuana policy project sums it up best by saying, “The NFL’s harsh marijuana penalties do nothing to promote the health and safety of the players.”