Sha'Carri Richardson was banned from the Olympics after testing positive for cannabis, prompting calls for a review of the drug's status as a banned substance Photo: AFP
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WADA to review cannabis banned status

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Tuesday it will review the status of cannabis on its banned substances list in the wake of the positive test that saw U.S. sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson suspended from the Olympics.

Following a meeting of WADA's executive committee in Istanbul, the global anti-doping watchdog said a scientific review of cannabis would be conducted next year -- although the drug would remain banned in 2022.

"Following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the (executive committee) endorsed the decision of the List Expert Advisory Group to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis," WADA said in a statement.

"Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and will continue to be in 2022."

U.S. sprint star Richardson was expected to be one of the faces of the Tokyo Games last month after a series of blistering 100-meter displays earlier in the season.

However the 21-year-old was ruled out of the Games after being handed a 30-day suspension following a positive test for marijuana in the wake of her 100 meters victory at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene in June.

Her case triggered debate about marijuana's continued inclusion on WADA's banned list, with celebrities and fellow athletes criticizing the rule as outdated and unnecessary.

World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe is among those who have backed calls for a cannabis review.

"It's not an unreasonable moment to have a review," Coe said during the Olympics in July. "It's sensible -- nothing is set in stone. You adapt and occasionally reassess."

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Any athlete using cannabis should be given a head start as they would usually stop for a chocolate bar halfway through the race. Performance enhancing it certainly isnt.

16 ( +19 / -3 )

In this day and age of course it shouldn't be banned. It has nothing to do with performance enhancing.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Is alcohol banned? Never noticed if it was in the list or not.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

Actually the British team was banned for taking performance enhancing drugs during the Olympics. Glad to hear that they were punished.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Weird world. Smoking is more and more restricted while cannabis is more and more accepted.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

You don’t have to smoke it. Fudge, cookies?

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Had to tell my students here in Safety Japan that using marijuana would make Sha'Carri Richardson SLOWER as it is not a performance enhancing drug. They thought it was. Some also assumed one injected it in your arm as with heroin. Drug education seems to be lacking in some schools.

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"It's sensible -- nothing is set in stone..." 

Except the heads of narrow-minded bureaucrats willfully ignorant of the real world and spreading mis- & disinformation to an uninformed public.

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I'd never do it in Japan - just too risky - but I'll leap on it whenever I'm back in the states. Legalizing it is such a no-brainer: it would provide income to depopulated rural areas, aid to the elderly, and even material for traditional textiles.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Legalize it. Don't criticize it. - Yoda Tosh

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Weird world. Smoking is more and more restricted while cannabis is more and more accepted.

The former is horrendous for the body, with no positive effects, while not even getting you high. The latter is safe to use, has many medicinal effects, and gets you high to boot.

That's not a weird world at all - it's a world moving towards sanity.

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The latter is safe to use, has many medicinal effects, and gets you high to boot.

That's not a weird world at all - it's a world moving towards sanity.

LOL. Enough said.

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