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News | 10.08.2021

The NBA Will Refrain From Doing Random THC Drug Tests For Another Season

NBA players will not be tested for marijuana for at least another year.

On Wednesday, an NBA spokesperson confirmed that the league would extend its policy of not randomly drug testing players for marijuana throughout the 2021-22 season.

During the last few games of the season last year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hinted that temporary suspension of cannabis drug testing might continue. According to The Associated Press, Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass confirmed that the policy would be implemented throughout the forthcoming season beginning this month.

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“We have agreed with the NBA Players Association to extend the suspension of random testing for marijuana for the 2021-22 season and focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse,” he said.

In December, Silver mentioned that the league’s decision to refrain from marijuana drug testing due to the pandemic could eventually be a permanent movement.

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“We decided that, given all the things that were happening in society, given all the pressures and stress that players were under, that we didn’t need to act as Big Brother right now,” he said in December. “I think society’s views around marijuana have changed to a certain extent.”

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