MLB will remove marijuana from list of banned substances for minor leaguers




 

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that, as part of MLB and the MLBPA's recent agreement on a treatment program for opioids, the league will also remove marijuana from the list of banned substances for minor leaguers. As Rosenthal notes, major league players aren't tested for marijuana but minor leaguers are.

Though the use of medicinal marijuana has been decriminalized in most of the U.S., the drug remains illegal at the federal level. It is classified as a Schedule I drug along with other substances such as heroin, peyote, and ecstasy.

It is great to see the league being forward-thinking on this particular issue. The messaging on marijuana has, for decades, been misleading. As a result, the drug grew a reputation it didn't deserve. In this day and age, many players use or have used the drug without it having a major impact on their lives. In many cases, the impact is positive. Former Astros first baseman Jon Singleton remains a well-known outlier. Furthermore, testing for and thus having to punish players for the use of marijuana removes any incentive for the player to be honest and seek help if the drug impacts their lives negatively. This, along with the opioid program, hopefully results in players feeling comfortable enough to seek the help they need if they need it.

COMMENTS

More Related News

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off
7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team's four-game series at Detroit. The series was to have been played at Comerica Park from Tuesday through Thursday. St. Louis has been in quarantine since Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals' series last weekend was postponed, and the team is being tested daily.

Cardinals have 13 positive COVID-19 cases, weekend Cubs series tentatively on
Cardinals have 13 positive COVID-19 cases, weekend Cubs series tentatively on

The Cardinals series against the Tigers this week has been postponed as MLB announced Monday St. Louis has 13 positive COVID-19 cases.

Yankees
Yankees' Aaron Judge set an MLB record during huge series vs. Red Sox

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge feasted on Red Sox pitching over the weekend en route to making MLB history.

Mark Ingram sees COVID-19 issues in MLB, preaches
Mark Ingram sees COVID-19 issues in MLB, preaches 'positive midset' for Ravens locker room

Mark Ingram explains what NFL teams need to do to avoid outbreaks like Major League Baseball has delt with in recent weeks.

Saints trying to insulate players as much as possible
Saints trying to insulate players as much as possible

The NBA has shown us so far that sports in a bubble can work. Major League Baseball has shown us that sports outside a bubble does not go so smoothly. So Saints coach Sean Payton is trying to create as limited an experience for his team as possible. According to Peter King of NBC's Football [more]

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Baseball