Olympic Athletes Not Disqualified for Marijuana Use
While you won’t see an Olympic athlete take a toke during the competition, it’s not completely out of the question. Since 2013, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has loosened its rules against cannabis use for athletes. The intent is no longer to stop athletes from smoking in the days and weeks leading up to competition, but to prevent cannabis use on the day of competition.
That’s a big change from the 1998 Winter Games when Ross Rebagliati won an Olympic gold for snowboarding. After his win, Ross tested positive for just 17.8 ng/ml of cannabis, 2.8 ng/ml over the limit, and almost lost his medal. Now, that low threshold wouldn’t even register. The new rules allow for up to 150 nanograms of cannabis per milliliter.
The new threshold means that Olympic athletes would need to be dedicated cannabis consumers to test positive. In
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