Canada will no longer require student-athletes to be tested for pot, but these new rules do not apply to students who want to compete outside the country.
Two years after Canada opened the doors on the world’s largest adult-use weed market, the country will finally stop prohibiting student athletes from smoking pot.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), the non-profit that administers the country’s Anti-Doping Program, just announced that it has revised its rules for cannabis testing. Under these new rules, urinalysis drug tests for student athletes will not be analyzed for cannabis, meaning that a student can no longer be banned from a sport for using medical or recreational marijuana.

“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,” the CCES explained in a statement. “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.”

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