NFL Modifies Punishments for Marijuana Use, Drunken Driving

The National Football League modified punishments for marijuana use and for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A first violation for marijuana use will still result in a referral to the substance-abuse program. Subsequent violations will lead to a two-game fine, a four-game fine, a four-game suspension, a 10-game suspension and one-year banishment, the league said in a joint statement with its players’ association.

A first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol will elicit a two-game suspension without pay, with a second violation resulting in a suspension of at least eight games without pay. The penalties may be increased if there are “aggravating circumstances,” the stament said.

Players serving a yearlong ban for marijuana use will have their discipline commuted to 10 games, the statement said.

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