Simmons: Marijuana suspensions ridiculous in pro sports

Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass before a game with the New England Patriots at...

Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass before a game with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 8, 2013. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

It is time for professional sport to stop drug testing for marijuana.

It is not performance enhancing. It does not give an athlete any kind of physical edge.

It can, as some have argued, help an athlete deal with pain without having the similar side-effects that painkillers or other addictive substances bring.

Josh Gordon, the brilliant wide receiver of the Cleveland Browns, is apparently going to be suspended, for an entire season it seems, because he tested positive for marijuana. A drug now legal in Colorado and Washington. A medicinal drug now legal in 20 other states by prescription. Which seems ridiculous in the big picture.

Maybe the impending Gordon suspension will prove to be impetus to have the NFL, and other professional leagues, alter their view on recreational drugs. It should. It’s time.


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