Matt Every suspended after testing positive for cannabis

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

Matt Every has been suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the code of conduct pertaining to "drugs of abuse".

The PGA Tour announced Friday it has suspended two-time victor Matt Every for 12 weeks for violating its drug-abuse policy. Every said it was legal prescription for cannabis to treat mental health.

In a statement released to Golf Channel, Every said: "I tested positive for cannabis, a drug I do not abuse".

Every, whose two PGA Tour titles came at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2014 and 2015, will be eligible to rejoin the Tour on the 7th January 2020. But he offered no apologies for the violation.

Cannabis is legally prescribed for medical use in Florida, where Every is based. "It has been determined that I am neither an acceptable candidate to use prescription "Z" class drugs nor benzodiazepines". For me cannabis has proven, by far, the safest and most effective treatment.

The 35-year-old from Daytona Beach, Fla., who now resides in Jacksonville, is a two-time victor on the PGA Tour, with the most recent victory coming in 2015 when he repeated as the Arnold Palmer Invitational champion.

The TOUR will have no further comment on the suspension at this time. I knew what WADA's [World Anti-Doping Agency] policy was and I violated it.

Every is the seventh player to be suspended under the policy, not including Vijay Singh, whose suspension was withdrawn.

Every has full playing status on the PGA Tour after ending last season 86th in the FedExCup standings, with the American starting this campaign with a tied-18th finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and a tied-28th finish at the Houston Open. He served a 90-day suspension in 2010 after being charged with marijuana possession in Iowa.

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