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  • Post Time Posted October 15, 2018
In interviews with the media, NHL players and executives spoke about how marijuana legalization in Canada might impact the league. 

According to Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri, “I think it’s just a new concept that everyone’s trying to wrap their head around. We just treat the rules as they have been in the past.”
Last month, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league’s drug testing policy - run in conjunction with the NHL Players’ Association - won’t change. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr hesitated to say things will be business as usual, commenting, “This will be brand new to North American sports, having it legal. We’re the sport that’s potentially affected the most because there are no NFL teams here in Canada, and there’s only one basketball team, and one baseball team.”

The NHL’s current stance on marijuana use is the most lenient of the four major sports leagues in North America. Players in the NFL and NBA can be suspended, while MLB players can be fined for marijuana infractions, but in the NHL’s policies, a significantly high amount of the drug found during testing triggers a referral to behavioral health program doctors. 

Source: https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nhl-players-say-canadas-legalization-marijuana-wont-impact/

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