Report: Jerry Jones wants NFL to change marijuana policy

IRVING, TX - JANUARY 13:  Owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones smiles on the sidelines before the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the New York Giants at Texas Stadium on January 13, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ProFootballTalk - Jones, per a source who heard the comments, wants the league to drop its prohibition on marijuana use. Jones was reminded that the issue falls under the umbrella of collective bargaining, which would require the players to make one or more concessions in exchange for significant changes to the marijuana prohibition.

Separately, the league office reiterated to PFT its position that any changes to the substance-abuse policy would occur within the confines of labor negotiations, and that the league is willing to listen to the medical community about any potential changes to the rules regarding marijuana.

Love him or loathe him, there is no denying that the opinion of Jerry Jones carries enormous weight in the NFL, something that enhances the significance of this report.

The idea of the NFL adopting a more sensible marijuana policy would fall in line with other major professional sports leagues -- the MLB does not test or punish players for marijuana use (although minor leaguers are still tested, and face stiff punishments for positive tests), while the NBA does not enforce a five-game suspension until a third positive test. 

The NFL does not suspend players until a fourth positive test. The first suspension, however, carries a length of four games -- amounting to one-fourth of the regular season.

With a growing list of teams based in states where marijuana is legal for either medicinal or recreational use, as well as ongoing concerns regarding player health, there has been an increased push for the league to ease up on its policy.

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