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Rules Change on Olympic Marijuana Testing
Posted by CN Staff on July 17, 2013 at 15:45:24 PT
By Frederick Dreier, Special To USA Today
Source: USA Today 
World -- It's been 15 years since Ross Rebagliati won snowboarding's first Olympic gold medal at the 1998 Winter Games  and then nearly lost that medal after he tested positive for marijuana.Since then, the drug has become an integral part of Rebagliati's life. Next month Rebagliati will open a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Whistler, British Columbia, called "Ross' Gold." The Canadian has also become a public face for pot-smoking athletes around the globe.
"Anytime somebody gets in trouble for weed I'm the guy the media calls," Rebagliati, who lives outside Whistler, told USA TODAY Sports. "I went on NBC to defend (Michael) Phelps for smoking responsibly. I told them, Hey, it's zero calories, zero fat!'"Now 42, Rebagliati believes that changing attitudes toward marijuana  it's now legal for medicinal purposes in Canada and 14 U.S. states  justifies the drug's removal from the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances. Like cocaine and heroin, cannabis is banned during competition by WADA, which oversees drug testing worldwide in Olympic sports.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 in the days before a competition. The drug isn't prohibited out of competition."Our information suggests that many cases do not involve game or event-day consumption," Nichols said. "The new threshold level is an attempt to ensure that in-competition use is detected and not use during the days and weeks before competition."SnippedComplete Article: http://drugsense.org/url/xCfJ6eCISource: USA Today (US) Author: Frederick Dreier, Special To USA TodayPublished: July 17, 2013Copyright: 2013 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: http://www.usatoday.com/CannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on July 17, 2013 at 22:17:56 PT
42!!!
He can't be 42!
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on July 17, 2013 at 17:48:29 PT
Marijuana makes one feel "invincible"
See Rocky/Anslinger et. al. then of course it needs to be banned.But as we and NJ Weedman (a very good man) have pointed out, marijuana is both a medicine AND illegal to possess! Is it illegal to possess aspirines? etc. etc.Very strange, indeed!Right to life and health be damned! This is, of course, Rocky's way. You can't compete with 'the man.'
Marijuana Testing
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Comment #1 posted by mexweed on July 17, 2013 at 17:17:13 PT:
More "the drug" (antecedent:: marijuana of co
Note that the expression "the drug" appears three times in the excerpt above... time for some protesting? Cannabis is a NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT, relevant to every aspect of human metabolism. (For a hypothesis on this point, please refer to the article "Ethnobotany" on Wikiversity.org.)
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