Matt Every suspended by PGA Tour for 12 weeks after testing positive for Cannabis

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Matt Every suspended by PGA Tour for three months after violating drugs policy as he admits he was prescribed cannabis for a mental health condition

The PGA Tour announced on Friday that Matt Every has been suspended for 12 weeks after violating its conduct policy for drugs of abuse.

The statement from the Tour read: "The PGA Tour announced that Matt Every has been suspended for a period of 12 weeks for a violation of the PGA Tour Conduct Policy for drugs of abuse. He will be eligible to return on Jan. 7, 2020. The Tour will have no further comment on the suspension at this time."

In response, Every told the Golf Channel that he had tested positive for cannabis, which he has a legal prescription for in Florida. 

“I have been prescribed cannabis for a mental health condition by my physician whom has managed my medical care for 30 years,” said Every.

“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 and mind. For me, cannabis has proven to be, by far, the safest and most effective treatment.”

The 35-year-old American admitted that he knew of the policy beforehand and had “no choice but to accept" the decision. 

“I don’t agree with it for many reasons, mainly for my overall well-being, but I’m excited for what lies ahead in my life and career,” Every said.

“Over the last few years I have made massive strides and I know my best is still in front of me. I can’t wait to come back better than ever in January.”

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.