The first-ever Olympic snowboarding gold medalist, Ross Rebagliati, is going through a nasty divorce from his wife Alexandra. You may recall that Rebagliati tested positive for marijuana and was stripped of his gold medal for a time until the Olympic officials realized banning marijuana users from snowboarding is tantamount to banning snowboarding1.
So, of course, she is bringing up Ross’s marijuana use and claiming that he smoked pot in front of their three-year-old child, who has tested positive for cannabis metabolites on a hair test.
(National Post) Alexandra said in a filed affidavit that after the court ordered Ross not to use illegal drugs while caring for their son, the boy came home from his father’s mimicking Ross’s smoking by holding his fist to his mouth and saying, “Look, Mommy, I smoking,” according to an online report.
Alexandra says Ross “smokes marijuana on a daily basis” and that it affects his mental thinking and “presents a negative role model for the child,” according to the custody agreement.
The mother even paid to have her son’s hair tested for “cannabinoids” at a private clinic and the positive results will likely be used in court to bolster the mom’s bid for primary custody.
This contention that “cannabinoids” found in the child’s hair means Ross is a bad parent is not founded in science or reason. First, we have plenty of evidence to show child shampoos and body washes can cause false positives on drug tests:
Marijuana screening tests performed on newborns can be contaminated by use of common baby soaps and shampoos that give false-positive results, a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has found.
The team found five baby products that trigger the false positive results: Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, Aveeno Baby Wash Shampoo, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime Bath, and Johnson & Johnson Head-to-Toe Baby Wash.
…the problem is almost certainly not limited to baby products. He and colleagues found that most soaps and shampoos that contain polyquaternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine elicited positive marijuana test results.