NCAA Reduces Penalty for a Positive Marijuana Test

Apr 18, 2014 , , , , , , , , , , ,


The Legislative Council of the NCAA approved a measure that would reduce the penalty for a positive marijuana drug test. Currently, college athletes face a full year suspension if caught using marijuana, but, after August 1st of this year, the suspension will be reduced to half of a year.

NCAANCAA reasoned that marijuana is not “performance-enhancing in nature, and this change will encourage schools to provide student-athletes the necessary rehabilitation.” The change in policy distances marijuana from being seen equally to steroid use and treats the issue “the same as academic fraud.” This change clearly reflects the national shift on attitudes about marijuana towards decriminalization rather than strict punishment.

However, individual schools and conferences can still set whatever harsher penalties they like for their players. Since the NCAA only tests for marijuana during championships, it’s fairly easy for an athlete to stop smoking marijuana a month before the NCAA Tournament to test negative.

“But if the NCAA would get out of the morality business when it comes to things like substances, and stay in the business of making sure competition is fair and not tainted by PEDs, I think it would be better for everyone,” Glenn Logan said in an article for SB Nation. “After all, we don’t test regular scholarship students for marijuana, so why should student-athletes be singled out?”


4 responses to “NCAA Reduces Penalty for a Positive Marijuana Test”

  1. Guns had overshadowed other issues when the draft regulations were introduced in January.
    Some patients had said they would rather continue to use marijuana illegally rather than give up their firearms owners ID cards, as the draft rules had first required.
    Complaints poured in from gun owners.
    Many said their rights were being trampled.
    “I’m happy to see that they have changed the provision,” said Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, who sponsored the medical cannabis legislation and sits on the committee that will vote on the rules. “I did ask them to remove it. I’m not the only person who did.”

    Now is the time to contact Rep.Lou Lang @ 1-217 1252… if you believe “cannabis criminals” have the same right to medical cannabis therapy as any other free citizen of the Free State of Illinois…denying medical treatment on the basis of a “criminal record” is a dangerously slippery slope…give it a think?…

    Q. What type of legal precedent is set in law when a citizen of Illinois is denied medical treatment based on a “crime”?

    A. Ask Lou Lang!

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