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  • Post Time Posted December 10, 2019
The MLB and the MLB Players Association are looking to remove marijuana from the league's banned substances for minor-league players.

Additionally, opioid testing would be introduced to this new drug agreement. The changes to include opioid in the drug testing program comes after the death of former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs earlier this year.

At this time, players on the 40-man roster are not tested for cannabis use, but non-40 man roster minor league players are currently being tested. Lost pay and lost opportunity are the current consequences for drug suspensions handed to players.

The new changes have not been finalized to include opioid testing and the removal of marijuana from the list of drug substances. Current Chief of the MLB Players Association, Tony Clark, recently stated that the MLB and the Players Association should be have the agreement finalized and in place before the end of the year.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-to-stop-testing-minor-leaguers-for-marijuana-as-part-of-new-drug-agreement-report-says/  

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