Rutgers University Breaks NCAA Ranks With Progressive Cannabis Policy

New Jersey's Rutgers University is breaking ranks with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on cannabis. Last summer, RU quietly revamped their marijuana policy for school athletes. The new rules - which took effect on August 1, 2016 - separate cannabis from performance-enhancing substances and hard drugs like heroin and cocaine.  

Marijuana will remain a prohibited substance, but student athletes at Rutgers will receive lighter punishments for using it compared to taking PED's and hard drugs. The new policy was developed in collaboration with coaches, legal counsellors, medical personnel and administrators at RU.

"It balances our concerns for our student-athletes' well-being with our desire to provide rehabilitation where necessary, and sanction when appropriate, including expulsion from the team ultimately,'' Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs said. "In the end I think it's a fair policy."

Here's a breakdown of the new rules, which were obtained by New Jersey...

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