Rutgers institutes new drug policy for athletics program

Rutgers University has instituted a new drug testing policy that covers all teams that reduces penalties for marijuana use while varying treatment and punishment for drugs.



The 13-page document went into effect in August 2016 and superseded a drug testing policy adopted in 2008.



The new policy outlines steps to take, including counseling and mandatory drug-test monitoring.



A first violation for a performance-enhancing drug or other hard-drugs such as cocaine or heroin will result in the athlete receiving a suspension of "0 to 10 percent" for one season. A first failed marijuana test won't result in a suspension.



Four violations for drugs result in dismissal while it takes five violations for marijuana to be dismissed from the team.



The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.


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