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Players will not be randomly tested during the 2021-22 NBA season

Updated: Jan 10

The NBA commits not randomly drug testing players for cannabis for the upcoming season.




The National Basketball Association (NBA) has consented to not arbitrarily test players for marijuana during the forthcoming season, proceeding with the approach what began during the "restart bubble" and was proceeded with last season, the Associated Press reports. The association will in any case test for execution improving medications and medications of misuse, like methamphetamine, cocaine, and narcotics.


We have concurred with the [National Basketball Player's Association] to expand the suspension of irregular testing for pot for the 2021-22 season and spotlight our arbitrary testing program on execution improving items and medications of misuse. — NBA representative.


Weed stays banned under the association's collective bargaining understanding, however dealings between the association and players' affiliation slackened limitations.


Last year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that "it's conceivable" the association's choice to stop arbitrarily drug testing for pot could be super durable, yet the strategy has just been expanded each season rather than executed long haul.


"It doesn't imply that we're not going to talk players who perhaps aren't utilizing marijuana nonchalantly, however feel to a greater degree a reliance on it, in view of the pressure this year," Silver said in December 2020. "What's more I'd say exactly the same thing regarding liquor or some other substance."


Silver added that "given every one of the things that were going on in the public eye, given every one of the tensions and stress that players were under" in 2020 he didn't think the association expected to "go about as Big Brother at the present time."


"I believe society's perspectives around marijuana has changed partially," he said.