World Anti-Doping Agency to Reconsider Use of Marijuana


Following a national outcry over the ousting of Sha'Carri Richardson from the Tokyo Olympics, the World Anti-Doping Agency has decided to reconsider its stance on the substance that got Richardson banned.

  • WADA officials say they're making plans to consider removing marijuana from the banned substances list after "a number of stakeholders" voiced their displeasure over Richardson's disqualification. The review is expected to begin in 2022, the agency reports.
  • A 2011 WADA report says athletes who smoke weed "could potentially endanger themselves and others because of increased risk taking, slower reaction times and poor executive function or decision making." However, a 2018 study published by the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine found "no direct evidence of performance-enhancing effects in athletes."

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