Will second-hand smoke lead to failure of workplace drug testing?

It looks like Canadian Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Ross Rebagliati may have been right all along.

Rebagliati, the first Olympic gold medalist for Men's Snowboarding at the 1998 Winter Olympics, was initially disqualified after THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, was found in his system in a drug test.

The decision was eventually overturned since cannabis wasn't a banned substance but Rebagliati maintained the positive drug test was the result of second-hand smoke.

Now a study from the Cummings School of Medicine at the University of Calgary seems to support his claim.

"This study points to the Ross Rebagliati hypothesis — there is a possibility that it is entirely possible to have THC levels within a non-smoker from just being exposed to smoke in a closed area," Fiona Clement, the principal author of the study published online in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Open, said Thursday.

The study found THC is detectable in the...

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