National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) calls to remove cannabis from banned substances list.

The nonprofit organization regulates student athletics among about 1,100 schools in the United States, and Canada.

In a statement posted after midweek meetings in Indianapolis, the group called for consideration of a change for the rules.

“Cannabis is not a performance-enhancing drug and that a harm-reduction approach to cannabis is best implemented at the school level,” the statement said.

NCAA call for a vote

In the statement, the NCAA state that they wish to open the matter to a vote among members to determine the future course of action.

“When making a decision on an important topic like this, we agree that the membership should have an opportunity to vote on the final outcome,” committee chair James Houle, lead sport psychologist at Ohio State, said.

“We are recommending a big shift in the paradigm when it comes to cannabinoids.

“We want to modernize the strategy with the most up-to-date research to give schools the best opportunity to support the health of student-athletes.”

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