Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

"Going Green in American Professional Sports: Why Marijuana Usage Should Be Allowed and What Policy Changes Should Ensue"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper recently posted to SSRN and authored by Lucian Lungu, a recent graduate The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  This paper is the fifteenth paper in an on-going series of student papers supported by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center.  (The fourteen prior papers in this series are linked below.)    Here is this latest paper's abstract:

In America, professional sports carry significant importance.  This billion-dollar industry is largely controlled by four professional leagues — the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL) — together known as “the big four.”  Currently, each league has player conduct rules aimed at preventing the use of marijuana.  This paper analyzes the marijuana-related policies of each league and goes on to suggest that these regulations must be revised to allow for marijuana usage.

I argue that the historical misconceptions of marijuana; the outdated, illogical reasons for its initial and continued prohibition in sports; the prevalence and positive public sentiment of marijuana in society today; the ineffectiveness of the leagues’ current policies; and the widespread use of life-threatening, team-prescribed drugs in every league require that these policies be updated.  Subsequently, I discuss the potential medical benefits of marijuana for athletes.  Lastly, based on my analysis, this paper predicts the immediate future of marijuana in the big four and details what I believe should happen in the future.

Prior student papers in this series:

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/2019/11/going-green-in-american-professional-sports-why-marijuana-usage-should-be-allowed-and-what-policy-ch.html

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