Courtesy of The Joint Blog
The NCAA's (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Legislative Councilhas 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."