Football player not NCAA eligible due to cannabis oil

Ruben Hill
May 28, 2018

Harris, a Warner Robins graduate, found himself wondering if he could continue playing football after high school.

According to WGXA, Harris began taking cannabis oil in January 2017 after he got his 14th seizure.

After leading his team to the state championship game, Harris received a preferred walk-on offer from Auburn, the college team he always hoped to play on.

Harris was not cleared by the Tigers earlier this week, and it was reported that he was ineligible because of NCAA rules prohibiting players from ingesting cannabis oil, regardless of whether they do so with a prescription. "When I read the text that one of the [Auburn] coaches sent me, I just, I broke down", Harris told WGXA, a broadcaster in Macon, Georgia."Because this is my dream, and I saw everything lining up perfectly for me".

Under NCAA guidelines, athletes are not permitted to have any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their systems. This is despite that fact this treatment if prescribed, legal and there are no psychoactive effects for the derivative he takes.

However, Auburn's medical staff did not clear Harris to play football due to his pre-existing condition of epilepsy and wanted to protect him from any potential head trauma, according to an athletic department source, who said the decision had nothing to do with the THC in his cannabis oil treatment. "And you're just taking it away because he's taking a medication that's helping with his disability".

Harris says he's now looking at junior colleges and NAIA schools to attend next fall, while also talking to doctors about new medications he could take that would allow him to pass NCAA drug tests.

A petition was created at Change to allow CJ to remain eligible.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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