Spanish Water Polo player Jeronimo Firpo Cabeceran was handed a two year sanction from the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency (AEPSAD) for a positive doping test in February of this year.
Cabeceran was tested on February 21, 2015 during the Liga de Division de Honor de Waterpolo held in Madrid. He tested positive for Carboxy-THC, the active agent in the popularly abused street drug, marijuana.
Carboxy-THC is classified under Class S.8 Cannabinoids in the 2015 WADA Anti-Doping Code. Natural cannabinoids such as cannabis, hashish, and marijuana are all included in WADA’s S8 category, as well as synthetic cannabinoids such as “spice.”
The Mayo Clinic says that the active agents in marijuana have a long half-life and can be detected in urine for more than 7 days after a single use. If there is chronic use of the drug, the detection time can be longer than that.
This ban was passed out by the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency but will also be enforced by FINA. Cabeceran’s two-year suspension began on August 21, 2015 and will continue through August of 2017.