NCAA announces more lenient policies for marijuana use among college athletes
The NCAA will be loosening its policies as it pertains to THC levels and positive marijuana tests in the near future. The organization released a statement on Friday.
According to the release from the NCAA, the current amount of allowable THC has been 35 nanograms per milliliter. Effective immediately, that will be raised to 150 nanograms per milliliter.
Additionally, an NCAA student-athlete may test positive for marijuana three times and not lose eligibility. Per the release, if a student-athlete tests positive, the school must provide a “management plan and education” for the student-athlete.
If the student-athlete continues to follow the plan and is in compliance, they may test positive two more times without repercussions of lost eligibility. If the student-athlete is not in compliance and tests positive, a consequence of lost eligibility for a portion of the season is possible.
From the NCAA:
“Reconsidering the NCAA approach to cannabis testing and management is consistent with feedback from membership on how to better support and educate student-athletes in a society with rapidly evolving public health and cultural views regarding cannabis use,” NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline said in a statement. “Marijuana is not considered a performance- enhancing substance, but it remains important for member schools to engage student-athletes regarding substance use prevention and provide management and support when appropriate.”
These new policies are the latest in a wave of changes the NCAA has made since the 2020-21 academic and athletic seasons.
Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports adjusts THC test threshold https://t.co/x5Z04kTmDN
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