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NFL to revolutionize marijuana policy in near future

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The NFL is set to revamp it's policy towards use of marijuana in the league, according to an ESPN report today.

Dan Graziano, quoting a source close to the decision making process, stated:

"The renegotiation of the drug policy, which has been going on since 2011 and includes testing for HGH, also will significantly increase the threshold for positive marijuana tests and reduce the punishments for violations involving that drug."

The use of marijuana has been a hot topic in recent years in the NFL with a number of players, most recently Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon this week, failing tests for the substance whilst it has been given legal status in some areas of the country.

At present the league has looked to enforce a year-long suspension for players who are found to have failed such drug tests.

Some however have put forward that the medicinal purposes of marijuana mean that it should not hold any punishment at all within the NFL, with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll recently putting forward his support for the continued investigation into the drugs legitimacy as a medical aid.

The major issue blocking new laws coming into place however seems to be a conflict of opinions between the NFL and NFLPA.

NFl commissioner Roger Goodell supposedly wants to have full control over enforcing the rules in the future, whilst the NFLPA is believed to prefer drug discipline procedure to be handled by an independent arbitrator if a player is found to have failed a test not administered by the league.

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