PGA suspends Matt Every 12 weeks for drug-policy violation; golfer says he has cannabis prescription

Written By Arthur Weinstein
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The PGA Tour announced Friday it has suspended two-time winner Matt Every for 12 weeks for violating its drug-abuse policy.

The 35-year-old Every immediately set out to clarify the situation, through a statement to the Golf Channel.

“I tested positive for cannabis, a drug I do not abuse and a drug I have a legal prescription for in the state of Florida," Every's statement said. "I have been prescribed cannabis for a mental health condition by my physician whom has managed my medical care for 30 years. It has been determined that I am neither an acceptable candidate to use prescription “Z” class drugs nor benzodiazepines. Additionally, these classes of drugs can be highly addictive and harmful to the human body. For me, cannabis has proven to be, by far, the safest and most effective treatment."

However, Every noted he knew that cannabis is prohibited under the tour's World Anti-Doping Agency policy, and he had "no choice but to accept this suspension and move on."

Every is eligible to return to action Jan. 7.

This is not Every's first drug-related suspension. He served a 90-day suspension in 2010 after being charged with marijuana possession in Iowa.

Every, ranked No. 256 in the world, won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2014 and 2015. He finished T-28 in the Houston Open last weekend.

 

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