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Sports Report: MLB to test for opioids, won't punish for marijuana use in 2020

15:26  12 december  2019
15:26  12 december  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to a new drug policy that will test for opioids but won't punish for marijuana use, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

The agreement will be implemented for the 2020 season and is expected to be announced Thursday, a source told Shaikin.

Under the new policy, players that test positive for opioids are expected to receive treatment instead of being suspended, according to Shaikin. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said in early December that treatment, as opposed to discipline, is the best route to go.

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A reported change to professional baseball’s drug policies could take pot off the strikeout list. On Monday, Ken Rosenthal, a sports writer at “As part of a new agreement on opioids being negotiated between Major League Baseball and the players’ union, MLB will remove marijuana from the list of

MLB and the MLB Players Association are negotiating changes to the drug agreement that would introduce opioid testing . As part of the new drug agreement, MLB would Former Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress is among the notable players suspended three times for marijuana use in the minors.

Both major and minor leaguers will apparently be allowed to use marijuana for pain relief. It was previously reported that cannabis would only be removed from the list of banned substances in the minors.

League commissioner Rob Manfred didn't reveal the details of the new agreement on Wednesday when he spoke at the winter meetings in San Diego. However, he praised Clark and the union for working hard to shed light on the subject of opioids.

"Hats off to Tony for being forthcoming on the issue," Manfred said. "I think they made an agreement that is realistic in terms of how you handle people with opioid problems, and I think it will be an improvement for the industry going forward."

Prior to the revisions, major leaguers weren't subjected to regular testing for opioids and marijuana, while minor leaguers faced bans for a second cannabis violation.

Opioid abuse became a serious issue in baseball after Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from an overdose in July.

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