C.J. Harris will not be playing at Auburn University in Alabama next season if he continues to use cannabis oil.
However, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) prohibits the use of marijuana including medical cannabis.
But Harris has some allies.
President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group, Phil Gattone, urged the NCAA to review their rule.
“We urge the NCAA to review their existing guidelines on THC and explore possible exceptions to allow players under medical treatment, like C.J., the ability to fulfill their dreams of playing college football.”
Cannabis oil is known for being a natural treatment for epilepsy.
Since doctors have prescribed cannabis oil to Harris especially since other epilepsy medications proved to be futile, the young football player hasn’t had any seizure since January 2017.
Gattone, meanwhile, is hopeful that the NCAA would focus on the player’s talent
“We hope the NCAA would reconsider their decision and assess C.J. on his character and talent as a football player.”
Big Ten Coach of the year Jerry Kill, who also suffers from seizures, urges Auburn and NCAA to reconsider their decision.
“It’s not fair to the kid.”
Currently, Harris has begun looking into junior college programs or other schools not under NCAA rules and regulations.
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The @NCAA needs to fix their outdated policies! They let athletes compete while taking other far more dangerous, addictive, deadly drugs. Pharma medications didn’t help. #CannabisOil / #MedicalMarijuana did. Pulling for @CurtisJavonHar5 https://t.co/RRyFA35LPB
— Heath Clark (@HeathClarkGA) May 24, 2018