Hey Olympic Athletes: Weed is OK!By admin • Jul 30th, 2013 • Category: News
Good news for those stoners who aspire to represent their country in the Olympics! The World Anti Doping Agency, which is in charge of testing Olympians for performance enhancing drugs, is changing the level of weed in your system it will take to get you in trouble. This is exciting for snowboarders, since we are essentially the face of the pot smoking athlete. (In case you got high and forgot, Ross Rebagliati nearly lost medal awarded for snowboarding 1998 after testing positive.)
WADA recently amended its rules on cannabis, raising the threshold for a positive test from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 ng/ml. In 1998 at the Nagano Games, Rebagliati recorded a level of 17.8 ng/ml, and argued the test resulted from second-hand smoke, which he still says. Ben Nichols, a spokesperson for WADA, said the raising of the threshold is meant to catch only athletes who smoke during the period of a competition. The drug isn’t prohibited out of competition.
So basically, you can smoke weed before or after the Olympics, but not during them. Which is good, because the last thing snowboarding needs is someone getting high and deciding it’s a good idea to try triple corks or something.
Link: USA Today