CBS - Marijuana is no longer the Devil’s Weed when it comes to the NCAA.
The penalty for a positive marijuana test was reduced from a full season to half a season. The Legislative Council forwarded the measure. It is expected to breeze through approval, meaning each positive after August 1 will, in the words, of the University of Texas make it more likely violators will be subject to “campus intervention.”
Commenting on the legislation, USC went a step further in supporting the measure. It said “these issues can be treated the same as academic fraud.”
We’ve come a long way since simple possession of pot meant a multiple-year jail term. In considering the lessened ban, the NCAA used some significant language. “Street drugs are not performance-enhancing in nature, and this change will encourage schools to provide student-athletes the necessary rehabilitation.”
Rehab instead of suspension. That’s a reflection of the nation’s changing mores. Marijuana is still illegal in the majority of states but decriminalization is coming. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with it. It means that placing pot in the same category as a steroid doesn’t make sense.
One makes you bigger, the other makes you want to attack a bag of Cheetos.
Besides, you aren’t going to win many national championships with Cheech and Chong.
Don’t look now but the NCAA is officially on a roll! Free snacks and unlimited meals for players. Now reducing the penalties for smoking pot. Not automatically arresting and executing players caught with weed, in 2014 when it’s actually legal in some states that have college teams. Absolutely on fire. Emmert you dog!
I mean I would love to take a look at all the mountains of data and computations done for this extensive multiple year long study they commisioned to find that weed isn’t performance enhancing. How getting super high before games doesn’t exactly transform you into Bo Jackson. Not sure what their previous experiences with weed were to make them consider that? Has literally any single person in the organization ever been high one time? But I digress. Fact is the NCAA is making
strides really tiny baby steps here and I’m not sure how to feel about it. It’s like in movies when the twist is the obvious bad guy turns out to be good except it’s the NCAA making billions of dollars off unpaid labor and catching relentless heat about it so they are trying to appease the masses and get some good PR with free Gushers and half-year suspensions for ripping a bong. Can’t wait to see what’s next.