M.L.B. To Reduce Punishment For Marijuana Use Among Players


It is the first American sports league to lessen punishment for marijuana use.

By Mark Osbourne @ ABC News

"On Thursday, the league announced it will begin testing players for the presence of opioids, fentanyl, cocaine and synthetic THC. Players will not be suspended, however, unless they do not work with the league on a treatment plan.

"Any player who tests positive for one of these Drugs of Abuse will be referred to the Parties' Joint Treatment Board (composed of medical professionals specializing in substance abuse and representatives from the Office of the Commissioner and the Players Association) for an initial evaluation and, if appropriate, formulation of a personalized treatment plan for that Players going forward," the league said. "Only Players who fail to cooperate with their initial evaluation or prescribed treatment plan may be subject to discipline."

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