Major Baseball League is taking off marijuana from their banned drug list
MLB is the most conservative sports leagues, but it has now opened the door to cannabis use among players after they agreed to stop testing for it and instead, starting to test players for cocaine and opiates.
Their decision is seen as smart and anticipating the current change while many states have passed laws allowing the legalization of recreational marijuana or medical marijuana.
The changes on the MLB’s drug program was pushed by a changing of views and opinions about marijuana but also to allow the league to start testing for opiates. This desire to test for opiate testing started after a Los Angeles Angels pitcher died over the summer from an overdose of fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol.
How Many Teams Are Located in States That Legalized Cannabis?
A recent ESPN Study found that out of the 123 teams across the 4 sports main leagues, 45 clubs play in states where cannabis is legal. 56 teams are playing in states where medical marijuana is legal. With a total of 101 teams implicated with legal marijuana laws, it accounts for 82% of the total of sports teams.
The move by MLB was greeted as a very positive step forward with regard to current marijuana laws and views.
Why The Change Now?
The death of Skaggs in Southlake back in July certainly triggered a change for both the league and the players union.
After his autopsy came back positive for a mixture of hard drugs and alcohol leading to his overdose, the conversation about strategies on how to address these drugs issues evolve in the MLB.
With this change to remove cannabis from the banned list of substances, now we are looking at the NFL and NBA to open a similar conversation and follow the steps of the MLB.
For Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner, the subject of marijuana use is a fine line that brings up a larger debate: mental health.