Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is back home in Montreal after playing two shows in Italy.
Adams released a statement on social media on Thursday saying he had come down with a cold and was under doctor’s orders to cancel his performances in Italy, and was “anxious” about returning to Canada.
Upon returning, he tested positive for cannabis, which his website said he uses in moderation to help with “a variety of health issues.”
“Cannabis is a legal substance here in Canada,” the statement continued. “While it is legal for personal use, under the law it is illegal to possess, or sell, cannabis to anyone under the age of 18.”
Adams also apologized for the delays in getting back to Montreal and reassured his fans that he’s fine, including the fans at his shows in Italy who had to go through the cancellation process.
Cannabis is a legal substance here in Canada. While it is legal for personal use, under the law it is illegal to possess, or sell, cannabis to anyone under the age of 18. — Bryan Adams’ Page 2
“Regrettably, due to medical advice, I cannot play the shows in Italy,” Adams wrote on Instagram. “I’m sorry for the inconvenience to the fans, and hope to see them in Canada shortly.”
Adams had no more shows scheduled in Italy for this year. He’s currently on tour in Europe with fellow Canadian rock star Michael Buble. He’s also been praised for his work with the UNICEF Canada over the past month as they prepare to focus their fundraising efforts on raising money for crisis relief, as well as developing children’s health and education programs.
On May 10, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Adams’ wife, actress Evan Rachel Wood, announced a $2 million donation to UNICEF Canada to support child welfare and disease prevention in the Horn of Africa. In September, Adams, who has won four Grammys, will head to Jordan for a performance of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
“I am very grateful to the Prime Minister for his contribution to the UNICEF benefit concert, and to Canada’s generosity in general,” Adams said in his statement, “and look forward to renewing our commitment to children’s health and education in Jordan soon.”