Despite legalization, cannabis remains prohibited for Canadian athletes
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.