MLB Officially Removes Marijuana from Banned Substance List
Major League Baseball (MLB) and the player's union recently announced several changes to the banned substance list.
MLB and the MLB players union announced Thursday (12/12) that an agreement was reached to remove marijuana from the list of banned substances.
Consumption of marijuana by players will now be treated in the same way that alcohol use is handled, according to tnm.news.
In other words, players will only face discipline for violations related to unsanctioned conduct while under the influence, rather than simply for testing positive for THC. Previously, a positive test resulted in mandatory treatment, and failure to comply was punishable by a fine of up to $35,000.
Other substances were ADDED the the banned list:
- Synthetic cannabinoids
- Opioids including fentanyl
The death of 27-year-old Tyler Skaggs (Anaheim Angels) of an opioid overdose is big reason for the league and the player's association reevaluating their policy.
To see more on these changes, click HERE.