WADA to review the place of marijuana on the list of prohibited substances
Posted On September 15, 2021
The World Anti-Doping Agency said on Tuesday it would ask an advisory committee to consider whether cannabis should remain on its list of banned substances beyond 2022.
The announcement comes about three months after American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for marijuana during this summer’s Olympic trials, disqualifying her first place in the 100 meters and effectively eliminating her from the Tokyo Olympics. Marijuana and other cannabis products containing large amounts of THC are currently prohibited during competition under international anti-doping rules.
WADA did not specifically mention Richardson’s case in its announcement on Tuesday, but did take note of the decision to review marijuana’s place on its banned substances list following “requests from a number of of stakeholders “.
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Until then, marijuana will remain a banned substance at least until the end of 2022, WADA said. The list of prohibited substances for 2023 will be finalized next fall.
Marijuana has long been banned by the AMA alongside traditional performance-enhancing steroids like stanozolol and nandrolone, although it is now legal in 18 states, including Oregon, where Richardson said he ingested the drug earlier. this summer. The anti-doping agency does not specify why marijuana, or any specific substance, is banned, but does say that these substances must meet two of the three criteria:
► It improves, or could potentially improve, the performance of an athlete.
► This could present a risk to the health of the athletes.
► It “violates the spirit of the sport”.
Following Richardson’s suspension, some pundits have criticized marijuana for placing on the list. Roger Pielke Jr., a professor at the University of Colorado who studies sports governance, described efforts to regulate marijuana as an overshoot.
“Whatever one thinks about recreational drugs, what is WADA’s business in regulating them, given that we have jurisdictions around the world that have legal frameworks to do just that?” Pielke told USA TODAY Sports in early July.
“Much of the attention that could be given to the regulation of actual doping drugs is devoted to the regulation of these moral drugs.”
Richardson, 21, had become one of the brightest stars on the U.S. squad before his positive test was announced, resulting in a minimum 30-day suspension under WADA’s anti-doping code. The timing and length of the suspension prevented her from competing in Tokyo.
Richardson later said during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show that she ingested marijuana after learning that her birth mother had died.
“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” she said. “I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do. I know what I’m allowed not to do, and I made that decision anyway.”