17 year-old U.S. BMXer George Joseph (Joe) Sowers III has tested positive for metabolites of cannabis or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at the NBL Silver State Nationals on March 25, 2006.
Sowers accepted a three-month suspension as a result of the positive. As part of his sanction, he agreed to participate in an anti-doping educational program. Because Sowers completed this program, he received a three-month period of deferment, allowing for an immediate return to competition.
As a result of the doping violation, Sowers has been disqualified from his event results at the Silver State Nationals.