The world’s top agency fighting doping in sport considers cannabis to be a performance-enhancing drug — but it’s Canadian affiliate, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES), does not agree.
On Tuesday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will hold its first global athlete’s forum in Calgary to discuss developments in anti-doping.
Discussions around a charter to protect clean athletes, doping rules and the list of banned substances will be prominent, especially with Canada set to legalize recreational cannabis.
“The CCES, to be completely frank, has always argued that marijuana should not be on the list,” the organization’s president, Paul Melia, said.
“We don’t believe there is sufficient scientific evidence supporting its performance-enhancing benefits.”
Legalization or decriminalization of cannabis is taking place in many parts of the world. Despite this, international athletes who test positive for the drug can face penalties.