How Legal Cannabis Persecution Can Devastate An Ontario Hockey League Player’s Career: Matt Cullen

Article by Conrad Collaco, CBC News

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Now that marijuana is legal, weed can be the new drug of choice for high performance athletes when it comes to pain relief.

It might be a better choice than opioids or other prescribed drugs.

Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid told the Associated Press, “I say this more talking about the CBD side of it, obviously: You’d be stupid not to at least look into it. When your body’s sore like it is sometimes, you don’t want to be taking pain stuff and taking Advil all the time. There’s obviously better ways to do it.”

But the NHL isn’t ready to play that game just yet. The drug isn’t banned and players aren’t punished but it isn’t exactly condoned. In junior hockey, however, players in the Ontario Hockey League are in a trickier situation.

Matt Cullen is a reporter for CBC Sports and also provides commentary for the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads.

Cullen spoke with the CBC’s Conrad Collaco about marijuana and junior hockey in Canada.

You can read an abridged and edited version of the interview or listen to the full audio interview by hitting the play button above.

Matt Cullen, CBC Sports

What are the rules in junior hockey around cannabis?

Cannabis is still a banned substance for junior hockey players in Canada even though it’s legal in the country. The OHL and the Canadian Hockey League follow the rules of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES). The CCES follows the rules set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA covers off many countries and in most of those countries  cannabis is still illegal.

Read the full article here.


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