Marijuana use is supposed to become legal in Canada on July 1. It’s already legal in eight U.S. states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
So why do professional sports leagues ban the use of marijuana?
The Canadian Football League used to be ridiculed because it didn’t test players for recreational drug use. Perhaps the CFL should test for illegal drugs, but it’s a safe bet that marijuana is the most-used of any recreational drug. The CFL is somehow ahead of the curve.
Meanwhile, the NBA, NFL and MLB continue testing their players for marijuana.
The drug isn’t performance-enhancing. And the punishments are misguided when you see that receiver Josh Gordon was suspended a year for marijuana use by the NFL, which suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for domestic violence.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has admitted his league might strike its rules preventing marijuana use.
Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves agrees wholeheartedly with Silver. The growing importance of medical marijuana is a primary consideration. So is its pending legality.