The annual window for random drug testing opens up on 4/20 of all days. So unless NFL stoners got some super wicked awesome detox drug only rich people can afford or get clean piss injected into their bladders, they’re going to have to call it quits on cheifing way before then.
Last Friday, 32 days before a player can be asked for a urine sample tested for substances, the NFLPA gave a warning and a reminder for all players so they can be aware of the approaching testing period.
This move, on the part of the NFLPA, seems to take into account that marijuana can stay in your system for up to 30 days, so players may have time to toke once or twice before they quit cold-turkey for the duration of the season.
During the 1980’s the NFLPA allowed NFL players to be tested for illegal substances. Whether the NFL cares about what players do during the off-season is a different question entirely. Many believe that it’s not for the NFL to have authority over what a player does in his home, while others believe that the league, like any other employer, is perfectly entitled to monitor its employees substance use however it sees fit.
The problem with this is that it has become much more complicated over the past few years, since marijuana has become legal in Washington and Colorado – so it is difficult for the NFL to exact punishment on those who take the drug when they live in a state where it is in fact legal.
Until this ruling comes into place, those who aren’t in a program for substance abuse are allowed to smoke pot until 30 days before the annual test. Many people believe that this limitation shouldn’t even exist in states where weed has been legalized, but only time will tell whether or not the NFL will act on new laws.