NFL, NBA issue statements after pot is legalized in Colorado and Washington state

Sarah Hofmann | Contributor

Marijuana became legal in Washington state and Colorado on Election Day, but NFL and NBA officials this week said the referendums would not affect league policy on drug use.

“Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today. “The Colorado and Washington laws will have no impact on the operation of the policy.”

NBA spokesperson Mike Bass gave a similar statement.

Other substances currently banned in the NFL include adderall and epehedra, in addition to all illegal and performance-enhancing drugs. The NCAA also said it would continue to enforce federal law and its own list of banned substances.

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