Don’t Bogart that drug test, my friend.

Dennis Dodd notes what should be an entirely unsurprising trend.

… The NCAA and its member schools are increasingly breaking out marijuana testing from those involving sinister performance-enhancing drugs.

Some test for them separately. Some test for them less frequently. All of it reflects the fact pot is more socially acceptable than ever, and when it comes to sports, it definitely isn’t performance-enhancing.

“I think in five years, [marijuana testing] is going to be gone,” said Christian Dennie, a Fort Worth, Texas-based attorney who has helped negotiate, challenge and write drug policy at professional and amateur levels.

It’s certainly trending that way. Four years ago, the NCAA and its members made their own statement. The penalty for a positive marijuana test was cut in half from a year to six months.

Societal attitudes about pot are changing.  The laws in many states are changing to reflect societal attitudes.  While that’s not leading to any great changes in recruiting at the moment…

Colorado State compliance director Shalini Shanker says she has three marijuana dispensaries within a square mile of her home. Recreational marijuana was legalized in the state in 2014.

“A lot of people thought we would get an increase in recruits because marijuana was legal in Colorado,” Shanker said. “All the sudden we’re going to get these five-star recruits who want to come smoke weed.

“That has not been the case.”

… I wonder what will be the case if five years from now the SEC is the only P5 holdout regarding marijuana testing.  Hopefully some enterprising reporter will ask Michael Adams for an opinion then.


Filed under The Body Is A Temple, The NCAA

13 responses to “Don’t Bogart that drug test, my friend.

  1. If Saban thought he could harvest one or two more 5 star players if pot were legal, he would have his lackeys lobbying the Alabama legislature for an exemption from any state law regarding MJ for the area within the Tuscaloosa city limits and for strict enforcement of all state drug laws within a 50-Mile radius of the Loveliest Village on the Plains.


    • Uglydawg

      That’s funny, ee.
      I honestly don’t think Saban would stoop that low, but a lot of ‘Bama fans would think it’s a great idea.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    “I’m Tommy Chong, and I approved this message.”


  3. The Georgia Way

    Rest assured, we have increased our testing and will continue to do so, regardless of what the SEC does.

    Stay tuned for an exciting announcement regarding mandatory suspensions for student-athletes who touch their phones.



  4. mwo

    I wish some media type would ask the SEC brass why there is not a league standard for positive drug test results penalties. The annual media days in Hoover would be a great place to start.


    • Bulldog Joe

      SEC media days are in Atlanta now.

      I hear the weed is better there.

      Besides, if a school wants to penalize itself, why would the SEC want to stand in the Way?


      • Exactly. A uniform policy means either schools move towards Georgia’s position, or Georgia liberalizes.


        • 1smartdude

          I believe the liberalization process has already started for Georgia. When would Patrick ever have had an opportunity to keep playing here with 3 arrests for weed?


  5. Mary Kate Danaher

    Reasonably obscure reference today, Senator, but a great one.


  6. Tony Barnfart

    Wonder if we ever see widespread legalization in the south ? Everybody seems to say yes but i have my doubts.