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The NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the WNBA’s New York Liberty have become the first teams in their leagues to partner with a CBD beverage company. Each can of Mynd Drinks contains 25 milligrams of CBD (cannabidiol). Mynd Drinks is also partnering with Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs. The partnership means that Mynd will sponsor some events and fans can purchase Mynd Drinks at Nets and Liberty games as well as other events at the home of both teams, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Going forward, the brand will also be a presenting sponsor for the Liberty’s theme night during the WNBA regular season. You may remember that we reported in the Mudroom in the Fall 2023 issue that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) committee formally recommended that cannabis no longer be a banned substance for college athletes. The NBA hasn’t subjected players to random tests for cannabis since the 2019-20 season.The NBA also agreed to allow players to make their own deals with companies in the CBD field including ownership or investments in CBD companies. Players still can’t promote marijuana unless they get special permission from the NBA and the NBPA (The National Basketball Players Association, the labor union that represents National Basketball Association players.)