WWE, like any other sport, has their own strict policies that must be maintained for the overall betterment of the company. This includes their ban on narcotics in general and PEDs, among other things. WWE has also not removed marijuana from their Prohibited Substances list.

Recently, a rumor suggested that WWE had somehow removed marijuana from their Prohibited Substances list. Naturally, this led to many fans immediately thinking of Matt Riddle and RVD, both of whom love marijuana. It spread like wildfire after an apparent forged article from WWE’s corporate website was shared that appeared to announce that WWE removed marijuana from their wellness policy.

Interestingly enough, as revealed by WWE’s corporate website, marijuana has not been removed from the Prohibited Substances list. That being said, marijuana and alcohol are not listed as a prohibited substance that will land someone a suspension. Synthetic marijuana on the other hand is on the prohibited list.

The following uses of synthetic drugs, even if purchased as an over the counter medication without a prescription, are prohibited under this Policy:


Synthetic Cannabinoids – most commonly referred to as “Spice”, or “K2”, are chemically engineered substances, similar to THC – the active ingredient in marijuana – that, when smoked or ingested, can produce pharmacological effects similar to marijuana.

If someone tests positive for THC, it is also noted in the policy that, “in the event of any positive test for marijuana, the WWE Talent shall be fined Two Thousand Five Hundred US Dollars ($2,500.00) per positive test, which shall be deducted from the WWE Talent’s downside guarantee.” That fine is considered a “weed tax” by some on the roster.

Another thing to note is that the U.S House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill this week that would decriminalize marijuana use on a federal level. Perhaps Matt Riddle’s dreams might just be realized soon enough if it can get through the proper channels. So, if you care about things like that then now is the time to call up a local political representative and let them know how you feel about things.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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