De­spite le­gal­iza­tion, cannabis re­mains pro­hib­ited for Cana­dian ath­letes

StarMetro Edmonton - - SPORTS - Lori Ewing

Canada’s anti-dop­ing watch­dogs are warn­ing ath­letes that while cannabis use will be­come le­gal for the av­er­age Cana­dian as of next week­end, a toke re­mains taboo for them.

CBD is the short form for “cannabid­iol,” a cannabis ex­tract. But the Cana­dian Cen­tre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) would rather ath­letes re­mem­ber it as “Can Be Dan­ger­ous.”

The mes­sage is part of a CCES so­cial me­dia cam­paign to alert ath­letes to po­ten­tial pit­falls around the le­gal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana. The drug re­mains on the World An­tiDop­ing Agency’s banned sub­stance list, and CCES pres­i­dent Paul Melia said Cana­dian ath­letes need to re­mem­ber that.

“No. 1, we wanted to make sure that ath­letes didn’t con­fuse (le­gal­iza­tion) with whether or not mar­i­juana was banned in com­pe­ti­tion in sport. It does re­main banned,” Melia said.

The CCES, which con­ducts dop­ing tests for the Cana­dian Anti-Dop­ing Pro­gram, doesn’t screen for cannabis in out-of-com­pe­ti­tion tests. The con­cern, how­ever, is that an ath­lete might use cannabis in a recre­ational set­ting and the drug might still be in the ath­lete’s sys­tem and show up in an in-com­pe­ti­tion test.

The CCES has lob­bied for the re­moval of cannabis from WADA’s banned list. The big­gest area of cannabis con­cern. Full story at thes­tar.com/cannabis

The CCES has lob­bied for the re­moval of cannabis from WADA’s banned list.

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