The more some things change, like the states of Washington and Colorado legalizing some recreational use of marijuana, the more other things stay the same, like college athletes getting arrested for marijuana possession and suspended for testing positive for pot.
The NCAA has a long list of banned substances, which fall under eight different categories and include everything from stimulants to anabolic agents to street drugs.
The street-drug category includes everything from heroin to cocaine to traditional and synthetic marijuana.
The NCAA tests for banned substances at bowl games and NCAA championships. Many individual schools also conduct their own drug-testing, and their policies can and typically do differ from the NCAA's, from the frequency of testing to the punishment for positive tests.
With the legal landscape shifting on the subject of traditional marijuana use, we decided to ask your opinion.
The majority of you who voted in our AL.com poll on the subject from Friday evening through Monday morning said yes.
Of the 2,573 votes, 1,472 (57 percent) said yes, the NCAA should take marijuana off its list of banned substances; 942 (37 percent) said no, the NCAA should continue to list marijuana as a banned substance; and 159 (6 percent) said they didn't care.
The results are similar to two recent AL.com polls about marijuana. In a January poll,. In a March poll,from a financial standpoint if recreational sales of marijuana were legalized.
(Note: AL.com polls are not scientific surveys but are a reflection of the readers who choose to vote in the individual polls.)
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