Major League Baseball is the first American sports league to change its drug testing for cannabis in its players. In December 2019, the MLB removed marijuana from its list of drugs to test. Instead, they will check for the presence of opioids, fentanyl, cocaine, and synthetic THC. Players will not be suspended if they test positive for any of those other drugs unless they do not work with the league on a treatment plan. All players and team personnel will be required to attend programs outlining the dangers of using opioids for pain management during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
"Natural cannabinoids (e.g., THC, CBD, and Marijuana) will be removed from the Program's list of Drugs of Abuse," MLB said in its release. "Going forward, marijuana-related conduct will be treated the same as alcohol-related conduct under the Parties' Joint Treatment Program for Alcohol-Related and Off-Field Violent Conduct, which provides mandatory evaluation, voluntary treatment and the possibility of discipline by a Player's Club or the Commissioner's Office in response to certain conduct involving Natural Cannabinoids."
"Players are overwhelmingly in favor of expanding our drug-testing regimen to include opioids, and want to take a leadership role in helping to resolve this national epidemic," Tony Clark, executive director of the MLBPA, said in a statement.
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Original Article: ABC News