TORONTO — Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams says he and his band have been performing European concerts under doctor’s orders for months, so he’s shocked to hear they’ve recently tested positive for traces of the active ingredient in marijuana.
Bryan’s manager, Trevor Michael, confirmed the positive test to The Washington Post.
The six-time Juno award winner told a Boston radio station that he and his band were tested for cannabis on Tuesday.
“I got tested today in Boston, my band in Boston, and I was randomly tested for weed, which I had never even considered, never thought of, it was the last thing on my mind,” Adams told WBZ-FM. “And I had never smoked weed in my life. I was in complete shock.”
Michael says Adams wasn’t aware of the negative result because he had been complying with doctors’ orders to not smoke marijuana. The manager says Adams wants to clear up any misperceptions he may have created.
Adams and his band were in Italy on Thursday night for a concert in Turin. Michael said Adams was given doctor’s orders to have what is known as a “small quantity” of alcohol and weed in his body.
“They couldn’t have told me, they only test maybe once a year,” he said. “He was unaware, he was totally confused and as he said ‘How could it have been me?’”
Adams was part of the international Rolling Stones tribute tour in 2006. Other Canadian artists who have toured with The Rolling Stones include Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young.
“He loves the Stones and I guess he is in that musical genre,” Michael said. “He liked how it made him feel. I know he plays it in concert and tries to have a mellow show that’s a little odd.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average daily dose of marijuana in the U.S. is 10 nanograms per milliliter.
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