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 Post subject: Players didn’t want Olympic marijuana standard
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Players didn’t want Olympic marijuana standard
Posted by Mike Florio on September 18, 2014, 11:53 AM EDT

The new PED policy was unveiled on Wednesday. The sheet has yet to be pulled on the new substance-abuse policy.

When it happens, the threshold for marijuana metabolites will increase from 15 ng/ml to 35 ng/ml. But that’s still 115 ng/ml less than the current Olympic standard of 150 ng/ml.

Most would assume the NFL refused to adopt the higher standard. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the players involved in the management of the union wanted to keep the limit low, so that players wouldn’t believe that “smoke if you got ‘em” time has come to the NFL.

The current increase dispenses with the second-hand smoke excuse, giving players a buffer zone that will easily be surpassed if they are regularly inhaling first-hand smoke.

Then there’s the reality that the testing protocol exposes players to one unannounced urine donation per year, with a window that ironically opens on 4/20. After providing that clean sample, the players face no scrutiny unless they are arrested for marijuana possession, or if a bag of weed falls out of their pocket in the presence of a league office.

So, basically, it’s still “smoke if you got ‘em,” as long as you wait to smoke ‘em until after the last drop has fallen into the cup.


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