The World Anti-Doping Agency to review Marijuana on its List of Substances
by Travyan Suttle
Two months after track and field star Sha'carri Richardson was barred from competing in the Tokyo Olympics after she tested positive for use of cannabis, the status of marijuana on the list of prohibited statuses is under review.
A big stir erupted in the athletic community after Richardson was disallowed from competing in the world's biggest sports exhibition and was slapped with a month-long suspension in July 2021. Richardson, 21, stated that she was prompted to use the substance to cope with the death of her mother in an interview with NBC. In September, it seems the public debate of marijuana's place as a banned substance has reached the ears of the higher ups.
According to a statement by WADA, :following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the ExCo endorsed the decision of the List Expert Advisory Group to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis" . The "scientific review" is to take place next year which could potentially alter WADA's view of cannabis as a prohibited substance.
Regardless of the review, Cannabis is set to remain taboo in regard to athletic competitions throughout 2022. The only cannabinoid that is currently allowed is Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD.