Cannabis linked to Enge's positive dope test

The manager of Tomas Enge, the Formula 3000 driver who has tested positive for a banned substance, has said the drug in question is cannabis

Cannabis linked to Enge's positive dope test

Speaking on Czech state television, Charouz said: "The substance in question is cannabis, either from marijuana or hashish. Tomas could have breathed it in at a disco. Someone could have slipped him it, baked it into something he ate or drank."

According to scientific research, marijuana can stay in the body and affect the user for weeks after it is inhaled. Traces of the substance can stay in the bloodstream for several weeks or even months.

Enge tested positive after a random test taken after the race in Hungary in August. He will appear before motorsport's governing body, the FIA, in October and could face disqualification from this year's championship, unless it can be proved that he is innocent of intentionally taking the drug.

He could also face a temporary ban from the sport, as has happened in similar cases at lower levels of the sport.

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