Officials with the Detroit Lions caught defensive tackle C.J. Mosley smoking weed and sent him home from London the night before a game against the Atlanta Falcons.

C.J. MosleyMosley was suspended for two weeks, which meant he would miss the Lions’ match-up with the Miami Dolphins Nov. 9. He was likely to return in time for the game against the Arizona Cardinals Nov. 16.

Team officials had little to say about the incident in London, where the Lions and Falcons played at Wembley Stadium Nov. 2. Mosley was allegedly caught smoking pot the night before.

Mosley suspended for two weeks

Lions Coach Jim Caldwell had little to divulge about the incident, saying only that Mosley was suspended for two weeks. Caldwell wouldn’t even specify when that period would end.

“I think the statement stands on its own,” Caldwell said during a press conference. “If you take a look at it, read through it, and kind of glean from it what you’d like. But we said two weeks and in two weeks, he’ll return.”

Mosley was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the club.” It was unclear whether he would be paid; the team may need additional evidence before taking a cut out of his salary.

According to ESPN, the bust came after Mosley allegedly disconnected a smoke detector in his London hotel room so he could smoke up. The detector sent an alert to hotel security, who found Mosley toking in the room.

Half of NFL players estimated to use medical marijuana

This incident is just the latest in a long line of overzealous marijuana penalties leveled against players in the NFL. Medical marijuana use is common in the league, with some estimates suggesting half of players use it, mostly to treat chronic pain.

Marijuana PlantThis isn’t the year’s first marijuana incident for the NFL. Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested in Florida in February, though charges were eventually dropped due to a lack of evidence. Thompson wasn’t punished by the league.

The NFL has changed its tune on cannabis somewhat. Earlier this year the league and players’ union agreed to a new policy that requires more evidence of drug use and has less severe penalties.

Still, the league can impose multi-game suspensions for repeat marijuana use – and that can take a major bite out of a minor player’s income. Weed advocates and the union have long been pushing for saner policies that don’t penalize the common use of a beneficial drug.

About the Author: Matt Brooks

Matt is a journalist from San Francisco who has specialized in marijuana policy for more than six years.

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