The National Football League (NFL) has long grappled with the issue of marijuana use among its players. Over the years, several players have openly admitted to using weed, shedding light on the complex relationship between the sport and cannabis. Le'Veon Bell, a prominent NFL player, recently made headlines when he revealed his marijuana use. This revelation once again brings the NFL's policies on cannabis into focus.
Three years ago, the NFL made significant changes to its penalties for marijuana use. However, the league did not eliminate marijuana testing altogether. While the NFL hosts franchises in states where marijuana is legal for both medicinal and recreational use, the league has maintained strict rules regarding drug use. This has earned the NFL the nickname "No Fun League" among some players and fans.
The recently ratified ten-year labor agreement between the NFL and the players' union, which came into effect in March, includes numerous incremental changes. However, it does not address the league's marijuana policies directly. This leaves the issue unresolved and open to interpretation.