NCAA Schools Reduce Punishments for Cannabis Use

NCAA Schools Reduce Punishments for Cannabis Use

The National College Athletic Association (NCAA), the non-profit responsible for regulating college athletics in more than twelve-hundred institutions across the United States, released a report in 2014 which revealed that cannabis was the most popular substance used among college athletes.

Over the last decade, more than one-third of the athletic programs within the Power Five conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) have relaxed their punishments for positive marijuana tests, according to a recent Associated Press report.

By examining the drug policies of 57 of the 65 schools, it was determined that 23 of those universities have reduced positive test penalties or created policies which allow for more positive tests before disciplinary action is taken.

The Big Ten and the Big 12 control their own drug screens, along with the school and NCAA tests already in place. The other three conferences only require their student-athletes to face drug testing through the school and NCAA, and the NCAA has cut its penalty in half for drugs considered recreational, such as marijuana.

As the public view on marijuana has continued to change as states and cities have began making cannabis legal or decriminalized, it appears that the NCAA has been taking a similar stance with its young athletes. With four states legalizing marijuana use, including Oregon and Colorado where a number of Pac-12 schools are located, lessened disciplinary actions for a positive test makes sense.

Dr. Brian Hartline, the NCAA medical chief, believes the organization should spend more time focusing on testing for performance-enhancing drugs, and allow each individual university to decide how to handle disciplinary actions for recreational substances like cannabis.

“If we’re going to test at championship events for things that are illegal, then we shouldn’t just test for pot. If there are any kids under the age of 18 smoking cigarettes, we should test for that. We certainly should be testing for alcohol for everyone under the age of 21,”

Said Hartline.

“Then we ask ourselves, ‘Where does the moral authority stop?’ I’m all for moral authority as long as there is a philosophical consistency to it.”

The conferences, as well as the NCAA, have begun to focus on making recreational drug violations more of a rehabilitative situation, rather than strictly disciplinary. They are also working to make PEDs and other substances more of a focus through testing.

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Oregon WR Suspended For Marijuana Before Championship Game

Oregon WR Suspended For Marijuana Before Championship Game

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Just two days before the NCAA football National Championship Game between The University of Oregon and Ohio State University, Oregon’s star receiver, Darren Carrington, has been suspended after testing positive for marijuana during a mandated NCAA drug test.

This news comes from a confidential source who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of student privacy rules. Oregon’s team spokesman, Andy McNamara confirmed Harrington did not travel to Texas with the team but did not give any detail as to why.

This is becoming a reoccurring narrative. Student athletes are enticed to colleges in states where they are legally able to use marijuana, but if caught, they still face stiff athletic penalties. As we previously detailed football players are hardly the only athletes using marijuana – see the infographic detailing the others below.

Photo Credit: Zimbio

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Princeton Students Lighting Up

Princeton Students Lighting Up

On Wednesday, Princeton University students got a stir when they were evacuated from their dorm rooms. A school official confirmed that over 100 students were sent scurrying from their dorms in the early morning hours after marijuana smoke triggered fire alarms.

University spokesman Martin Mbugua said that the smell of marijuana was prevalent in the music practice room in the basement of Forbes College. The sleepy-eyed students were allowed back into the dorm following the incident.

The university is the fourth oldest in the country and is consistently ranked among the best colleges in the US. With it’s prestigious Ivy League stature, we started wondering: Do smart students smoke more pot? The Discovery Channel’s team had the same question. Their answer may surprise you, watch the video.

Photo Credit: Kahwailin.com

NCAA ATHLETES MARIJUANA USE [INFOGRAPHIC]

NCAA ATHLETES MARIJUANA USE [INFOGRAPHIC]

Who knew college athletes smoke marijuana? In a report recently released by the NCAA on the substance use habits of collegiate athletes, marijuana was by far the most prevalently used. The report is not the most appealing thing to read, so we visualized the most interesting stats related to marijuana below.

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