No More Cannabis Drug Tests for Canadian Student-Athletes
Canadian student-athletes will no longer be ousted from their teams due to marijuana usage as cannabis won’t be included into standard anti-doping tests. This comes just two years after marijuana became legal in Canada — both for recreational and medical use.
Nevertheless, it’s worth keeping in mind that these students must be involved with student athletics related to U Sports or the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) only. It is specifically these two associations that will cease marijuana testing.
If the student-athletes are also included in their sport of choice’s national athletes’ pool, they will still be tested according to the regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Meaning, student athletes competing on a national and international level will still be tested for marijuana, whereas those students who only play at the U Sports or CCAA level will not have to worry about testing positive for THC — the mind-altering substance found in the plant.
THC is still considered a drug by the World Anti-Doping Agency and similar organizations that test for this substance.
Yet, across the globe, marijuana is becoming less of an issue in the sporting arena. Those, involved on a decision-making level are beginning to see the substance for what it is — beneficial rather than harmful; especially when compared to opiates and performance-enhancing drugs.
Public opinion on the use of marijuana by athletes seems to be changing for the better. As a result, the substance is slowly but surely being legalized and decriminalized in many parts of the world.