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World Anti-Doping Agency reviewing cannabis’ status as banned substance

Roughly two months after U.S. monitor star Sha’Carri Richardson was disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics for testing optimistic for marijuana, the World Anti-Doping Agency seems to be doing an about-face.

WADA launched a press release Tuesday saying it’s reviewing the status of marijuana as a banned substance, CBS Sports reported Wednesday. Marijuana and marijuana-based merchandise will stay on the checklist of prohibited substances via 2022 whereas the overview is being performed.

Cannabis was initially banned as a result of it may very well be used as a performance-enhancer and “could potentially endanger” the athletes. However, these claims hashish merchandise enhance athletic efficiency have been broadly criticized by well being specialists exterior of the committee.

“I didn’t think the evidence base for marijuana would be particularly strong,” Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic advised NPR again in July when Richardson was disqualified. “But as I looked at the papers yesterday, I was surprised at how weak it is.”

Richardson was disqualified throughout the Olympic qualifiers in Oregon  — the place marijuana is authorized — after submitting a optimistic drug check. Richardson took to social media following the disqualification to thank her followers and supporters for sticking by her.

#Note-Author Name – Chelena Goldman, Yardbarker

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