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Emmert ‘would be surprised if’ NCAA changed weed stance

File picture of a man smoking marijuana at a pro-marijuana rally at the University of Colorado in Boulder AP

For those thinking that FBS football programs in Colorado and Washington were the biggest winners Election Day, that may have been nothing more than a pipe dream, so to speak.

Citizens in the states of Colorado and Washington Tuesday approved proposals that decriminalized the use of marijuana (up to 28.5 grams), even for non-medicinal (recreational) purposes.  Shortly after it was announced the twin initiatives had passed, the line of thinking went that, with weed legal in those two states, it would help programs like Colorado, Colorado State, Washington and Washington State on the recruiting trail.

The head of the NCAA, though, doesn’t see that happening.

Marijuana has been on the NCAA’s list of banned substances, and president Mark Emmert said it would come as a surprise if the Association changed its stance in the wake of the drug being legalized in the two states.

“There hasn’t been any discussion to that effect, and I would be surprised if there was an interest in doing that,” Emmert said according to the Associated Press. “Our policies are our policies now, and I would be surprised if they change.”

An NCAA official further refined the group’s stance, reminding people that, yes, marijuana is still a banned substance.

“The NCAA banned drug and testing policies are not tied to whether a substance is legal for general population use,” NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson wrote in a statement to the AP, “but rather whether the substance is considered a threat to student-athlete health and safety or the integrity of the game.”

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7 Responses to “Emmert ‘would be surprised if’ NCAA changed weed stance”
  1. olskool711 says: Nov 8, 2012 12:34 PM

    Emmert’s “policies” will only change if players caught smokin are from Ohio State, an sec school, or one of his and Jim Delany’s buddies schools. They will most certainly change if the offense happens before a bcs bowl game that the team didn’t warrant being in to begin with.

  2. davethevol says: Nov 8, 2012 12:40 PM

    The advantage is this: they won’t be arrested for use. Sure the ncaa will still test (yawn), but think about how many don’t get discovered until they are arrested. Those are the ones that will skate through.

  3. buckeye94 says: Nov 8, 2012 1:07 PM

    @olskool711 good cheap shot tell me again whose 10-0 and not bowl eligible cuz of a tat scandal

  4. thefiesty1 says: Nov 8, 2012 3:32 PM

    Oh, come on, those schools need all the help they can get to be competitive. I’m not a proponent of legalized weed so who cares what the voters in those states passed.

  5. friarjack61 says: Nov 8, 2012 5:22 PM

    Just what is need in sports, is brain dead athletes….and I do not mean student athletes.
    Liberal stupidity is now going to enter the courts and fields of play. Show me the first coach, who has the discipline to terminate players from the programs for puffing weed !

  6. aidenruiz says: Nov 8, 2012 5:52 PM

    I think you have all been smoking to much dope weed and ports don’t mix and you are thinking of using it as a recruitment technique far out might as well give students and athletes a bong and an a few grams and say welcome too college kids…. No wonder America I collapsing weed is putting u down use are dopes

  7. rsmeans says: Nov 9, 2012 7:19 AM

    One thing is for sure if you want to smoke pot then the PAC12 is the place to go. Coincidentally they are one of the worse football conferences. Perhaps they and their fans are on a constant high and play against other teams with the same problem. Too bad they have to play elite teams outside the conference if they have a team fortunate enough to make the NC game or a BCS bowl game.

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