The NBA did not test players for marijuana during the 2019-2020 reboot in the Orlando Bubble, and they made the decision to continue not testing for the upcoming season based on COVID-19 precautions.
Marijuana is legal in nine states and districts that the NBA plays in, and the drug provides healing effects for the body and it helps with anxiety.
I believe the NBA is saying they are okay with players smoking for medical reasons, but players who are suspected of abusing the drug will be tested.
I’m sure a lot of players have been smoking during the season prior to the NBA not testing for marijuana. Former players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson admitted to smoking marijuana while they were in the league.
I know the lines will get blurred on the new rules of marijuana usage in the NBA, and I look forward to enjoying all the shenanigans that will come with the misinterpretations.
The 2020-2021 season starts on Dec. 22, Bubble-free.