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Despite Some Legalization, Doubts Remain That NCAA Will Relax Marijuana Standards

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ATLANTA (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert doubts that college sports’ governing body will relax its drug standards for student-athletes now that two states have legalized recreational marijuana use.

Emmert said on Wednesday that the NCAA hasn’t held “any discussion to that effect,” adding that he would be surprised if schools showed interest in making a change.

Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures on Tuesday to become the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use. Marijuana is on the NCAA’s list of banned substances.

The NCAA released a study last January that said over 25 percent of college football players acknowledged in 2009 that they had smoked marijuana during the previous year.

Emmert spent the morning speaking to local civic groups in Atlanta, site of the men’s Final Four in April.

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