This article was originally published on Cannabis.net and appears here with permission.
The World Anti-Doping Agency Will Still Include Marijuana On Banned Substances List – Why This Needs To Change
Some of the world’s major sports leagues, such as Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have already progressed with cannabis testing laws by eliminating random THC testing.
On top of that, numerous high-profile elite athletes have already advocated about the benefits of the plant in their chosen career and their own personal health. But despite that, many other sports organizations and leagues still have a zero-tolerance policy for marijuana. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is one of them.
Last summer, American sprinter, Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended not long after the Tokyo Olympics began since she tested positive for cannabis. As a result, this became another high-profile case that attracted media – as well as the authorities – to have a closer look at the WADA cannabis ban particularly the plant’s use as a performance enhancing drug. According to the WADA, cannabis is still a banned substance since it poses a safety and health risk for their athletes. They also think that cannabis could be a performance-enhancing drug.
According to Richardson, she turned to cannabis to help her cope with her mother’s death at the time. It was not to boost athletic performance.
Just a year ago in September 2021, the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency had a meeting to discuss some key priorities, one of which was the status of marijuana in the Prohibited List. However, last 2018 the WADA already removed cannabidiol (CBD) from the banned substances list; CBD is not psychoactive but numerous athletes from all around the globe turn to CBD for its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory …