NCAA Votes To Alter Marijuana Policy, Cutting Penalty In Half
Courtesy of The Joint Blog
The NCAA’s (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Legislative Council has voted to alter the league’s substance abuse policy so that cannabis is no longer considered a performance enhancing drug. The change will cut the penalty for a player testing positive for cannabis in half.
Under current NCAA rules, a player caught with cannabis in their system can be suspended for up to an entire season. The change approved by the council would make the maximum penalty a half season suspension.
The new change won’t effect just cannabis.
“The penalty for testing positive for street drugs, including marijuana, will be reduced to half a season from a full season”, says the NCAA. “Street drugs are not performance-enhancing in nature, and this change will encourage schools to provide student-athletes the necessary rehabilitation.”