Report: MLB Considers Easing Marijuana Rules

The Los Angeles Times reports that Major League Baseball officials are considering easing current restrictions on marijuana use. The possible change of heart comes as MLB mulls new testing for opioids following the death of Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

“The talks could determine whether major and minor leaguers would be allowed to use marijuana at all times, to recover from particular injuries, or for general pain management,” the Times reports.

Like any sport, baseball players suffer more than their fair share of injuries and chronic pain. Many in the league wonder if cannabis would be a better alternative for pain management, at least compared to opioids which were responsible for an estimated 72,000 deaths in 2017.