Article by Jon Hiltz, Marijuana.com
Canadian athletes are in a unique position in that cannabis, a substance which is banned during international competition is about to be legal across the country.
Looking to address the potential issue, a Canadian sports committee has been formed to educate athletes.
Glen Bergeron teaches kinesiology and applied health at the University of Winnipeg. Bergeron is part of the committee which is being led by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). The topic of athletes and legal cannabis is being discussed on a national level in Canada.
“We are very early in our discussions and not prepared to give any advice on how much they can have in their system, or information on latency at this time,” said Bergeron in an interview with Marijuana.com. “The committee is still in the early stages of developing an information package for our amateur athletes.”
In a previous interview, Bergeron said “the issue is that cannabis is a banned substance on the international banned substance list. We need to be able to educate these athletes that it may be legal to use, but it’s still regarded as a banned substance.”
The committee has been working on developing an educational process to help athletes understand issues such as allowable THC limits.