Article by Kelowna Now
Nearly two years after cannabis was legalized in Canada, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport has made a change to how cannabis anti-doping rules are applied to university student-athletes.
Any athlete who competes only in U SPORTS or Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association events will no longer be tested for cannabis.
However, the revised protocol does not apply to athletes who are included in their sport’s national athlete pool.
Athletes who are competing in non-U SPORTS or non-CCAA events, like another organization’s national championship or an international event, will still need to follow the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules as well.
Those rules state that cannabis is still on the prohibited list.
Historically, cannabis cases in U SPORTS and CCAA have been unrelated to performance enhancement – rather, they are inadvertent violations caused by the fact that cannabis is only prohibited in-competition and can take 30 days to clear from a human body,” said a statement from the CCES.
“As a result, the CCES was motivated to use the flexibility allowed within the Code to develop the new protocol for student-athletes who meet the criteria.”