WADA Re-Examining Cannabis Policy After Sha’Carri Richardson Fallout

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The World Anti-Doping Agency said it would reevaluate its policy on cannabis being on the list of prohibited substances after U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was disqualified ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. 

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced it would reexamine its policy on cannabis after sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics.  

According to The Wall Street Journal, the agency will consider if cannabis needs to be on the list of prohibited substances. Cannabis will remain on the list during 2022, according to the group’s executive committee, but it received requests from “stakeholders” to review the status of the drug.  

One of the stakeholders calling for a review of the policy is the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which suspended Richardson. “We have questioned WADA’s approach on marijuana for many years to find a better policy to ensure clean athletes are not captured by the system and yet we ensure a safe, level-playing field,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said. “This summer, as part of the annual review process of the WADA approach to all prohibited substances, we once again asked that the approach to marijuana be re-evaluated. We are pleased to learn they are planning to do this.”  

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Richardson rose to fame after taking the world by storm, earning her place as part of the U.S. Track & Field contingent for the Tokyo Olympics. The 21-year-old won the 100-meter race with a time of just 10.86 seconds. After the race, she revealed her biological mother had just passed away.  

About a week later, she accepted a one-month suspension after she tested positive for THC. The one-month sanction began on June 28, and the Tokyo Olympics began on July 23.  

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Despite being eligible for the final days of the competition, Richardson was not selected by USA Track & Field to participate in any of the events. According to INSIDER, marijuana is legal for adults in 18 states, including in Oregon, where Richardson failed the drug test and ran in the trials.  

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