Written by Mike Adams for High Times.
It has been nearly two decades since Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati became the sport’s first Olympic gold medal winner at the 1998 Winter Games in Japan, only to have his title nearly ripped from him entirely due to positive test for marijuana. A few years later, Michael Phelps would become the poster child for the sporting stoner after the swimmer admitted that a photo of him smoking marijuana at a party was legitimate—an incident that caused him to lose at least one major endorsement.
But now that marijuana is legal in over half the United States for medicinal and recreational purposes, not to mention decriminalized in 21 states and handful of nations across the globe, what is the Olympic policy on marijuana as athletes all over the world gather in Rio this week for the 2016 Summer Games?
Fortunately, the attitude toward the use of marijuana in the Olympic scene has progressed a bit over the past few years. Although cannabis remains on the banned substances list, a 2013 policy change by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) raised the limit of marijuana allowed in an athlete’s system to 150 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. This means as long as an Olympian does not show up in Brazil stoned, or get high during the games, Olympic officials do not give two, flying squirts about marijuana.