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New Zealand Rugby League Inc v Blake Milner


Anti-doping – cannabis – recreational use – smoked cannabis three weeks before game where tested – aggravating circumstances justifying suspension – defendant previously signed agreement/declaration with NZ Rugby League that aware of their anti-doping policy – that defendant had been dropped from team at time used cannabis and had not expected to be re-selected and had since taken steps to stop habit of smoking cannabis were relevant factors to length of suspension imposed – rugby league season not officially starting until next year and suspension will be over by then – however, during suspension player unable to train with team or participate in rugby league in any way – cross code effects of suspension – cannot participate in other sports such as touch while suspended – two month’s ineligibility imposed.

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