Poll: College basketball coaches favor testing players for marijuana

Monday August 11th, 2014

College basketball coaches favor testing student-athletes for marijuana, according to a poll done by CBS Sports' Gary Parrish.

Seventy-six percent of coaches polled said the NCAA should continue to test for marijuana. Several coaches said the NCAA must continue to test for it because it is not a legal drug in every state.

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The poll comes a few months after Michigan forward Mitch McGary declared for the NBA draft when he was facing a yearlong suspension for testing positive for marijuana. The NCAA has since lowered the penalty to six months.

While coaches were in favor of testing for marijuana, at least one coach said the current penalties are too strict.

"Marijuana should be a banned substance. But a year-long suspension or a six-month suspension or whatever for one positive test [administered by the NCAA] is crazy. The mayor of Toronto can keep his job after being caught on tape smoking crack, but we're suspending kids for a year for a weed test? It's ridiculous."

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