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Cannabis in Sport – Important Reminder


On October 17, 2018, the Government of Canada has officially legalized cannabis in Canada. Athletes subject to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) must be aware that this does not affect the status of cannabis in sport. Cannabis continues to be a prohibited substance, and a positive test can still result in a sanction.

The CADP adheres to WADA’s Prohibited List, which is an international standard under the World Anti-Doping Code. Despite Canada’s position on cannabis, the global anti-doping community has maintained cannabis on the Prohibited List.

Given the position of WADA and CADP, Water Polo Canada recommends abstaining from cannabis use in order to avoid sanction.


The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) created the Cannabis in Sport Education Kit. This resource contains materials to help deliver the messages about cannabis in sport to your athletes and personnel. Download the education kit here.

CCES News Release: The CCES reminds Athletes that Cannabis will remain banned in sport after October 17.

Important Links:

World Anti-Doping Agency - World Anti-Doping Code: 2018: Prohibited List

Canadian Anti-Doping Program - Canadian Anti-Doping Program Official Website

National Championship League

Cannabis remains a prohibited substance in the Water Polo Canada National Championship League. As indicated in section 6.1.1 of the 2018-2019 NCL Handbook , a participant attending a NCL match shall agree that: There will be no possession or use of any illegal substances, recreational drugs and/or performance enhancing drugs.



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