By Willamette Week on April 2, 2023
A lot has changed since the days when Blazers blazing were treated as a civic scandal.
The era of cannabis testing NBA players is over. On April 1, the league announced a new collective bargaining agreement with its players union. Among the terms, according to sports website The Athletic, was a deal to remove cannabis from the NBA’s drug testing program.
The NBA actually stopped being a workplace that tested for weed three years ago, during the “Bubble” tournament in Orlando, Fla. At the time, Commissioner Adam Silver said that amid pandemic stresses, “we didn’t need to act as Big Brother right now.” That meant the league stopped randomly testing for cannabis, although it could test if players showed signs of use.
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