Originally Posted by IslandRed
Of course it's a stretch. Nobody's going to come out with a marketing brochure emphasizing weed. But players would know who's going to allow them their vices and who wouldn't.
And who said the league would still be doing drug testing for marijuana? Your argument is that the teams should take back the functions that normally accrue to the individual business, and the league should keep out of it unless it's an essential matter. If it's the team's business whether to suspend someone for being caught with a non-performance-enhancing drug, it stands to reason that testing for it -- or not -- is also rightly a team matter.
Of course, in real life they can't get away with that, which is why they sign over policy-making to the league office and hide behind the shield.
But what's the point in investigating something that the courts can decide? If you have a no-drug policy, why not let the court systems determine whether in fact the drugs were taken. If a player is caught with drug possession, and he's found guilty, then fine, enforce the policy as if he tested positive. There's no reason to "investigate" something that the legal system is already doing. I am saying this as an addition to the drug testing. But between the testing and being caught as a civilian, I see no reason to 'investigate' something with those things in place.
I never said I was opposed to testing for drugs. In fact, quite the opposite, I think I've stated very clearly if a team (or an employer) wants to do that, by all means do it. But that's what the testing is in place for, so there's no reason to care whether or not one team isn't as worried about it as another.