One word came to mind here. FINALLY! Maybe the NFL will stop handing out four-game suspensions and the like to players who partake in a certain extracurricular activity that millions of Americans do legally on a daily basis. 

The idea of treating simple use of marijuana as the same thing as a DUI is utterly ridiculous and about as archaic as you can get. Per the following report by ESPN (h/t to Niners Nation for the link) here are some specifics…

When and if the NFL’s new drug policy is finalized and announced, it will include changes specific to marijuana and other drugs of abuse.

A source told on Tuesday that the renegotiation of the drug policy, which has been going on since 2011 and includes testing for HGH, also will significantly increase the threshold for a positive marijuana test and reduce the punishments for violations involving that drug.

This is an important thing to note. If a player is a daily marijuana smoker, he is still likely going to get busted for doing the “drug.” It’s those who partake in its use in a social setting that might be able to do so without any punishment from the National Football League.

It’s also important to note that these potential new rules involving marijuana are part of a larger negotiation between the NFL and NFLPA on a new drug policy that began all the way back in 2011. These changes would only occur once both sides come to an agreement. And that’s far from a certainty at this point.

In any event, it’s about time that the NFL gets with the times. Marijuana is legal in two states for recreational use, decriminalized in 16 other states and legal for medical use in yet another 10 states.

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