NCAA Committee Recommends Stopping Marijuana Testing of College Athletes

by | Jun 21, 2023


In May, I wrote about how the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) had earlier in the year significantly eased the marijuana testing and punishment for marijuana use to which college athletes are subjected. Those changes were made upon the guidance of the NCAA’s Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports. Now that same committee is recommending quickly retiring the NCAA’s remaining marijuana testing requirement and marijuana use prohibition.

The Associated Press reported on Friday:

An NCAA panel is calling for the removal of marijuana from the organization’s list of banned drugs, suggesting that testing should be limited to performance-enhancing substances.

The proposal released Friday from the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports would mark a big change for the NCAA, which has been conducting drug tests at championship events since 1986. Committee members recommended halting cannabis tests at such events until a final decision is made, likely this fall.

Read the Associated Press article here.

Read the NCAA’s Friday press release addressing this new development here.


  • Adam Dick

    Adam worked from 2003 through 2013 as a legislative aide for Rep. Ron Paul. Previously, he was a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Elections, a co-manager of Ed Thompson's 2002 Wisconsin governor campaign, and a lawyer in New York and Connecticut.

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