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Cannabis Drug Policy Disqualified Olympian Sha'Carri Richardson


Sha Carri Richardson is a dynamic Sprinter involved in a controversy that has the world saying, "Let her Run". The 21-year-old Texas native Sha'Carri Richardson astonished and stunned us all after she qualified in Oregon where she became the fastest woman in the United States. Yet Richardson has been ineligible due testing positive for T.H.C

Cannabis, marijuana, and hashish are Specified Substances in the class of Cannabinoids and are prohibited in competition under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy, and the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, all of which, as required, have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

A statement from the United States Anti-Doping Agency said.


Richardson’s competitive results obtained on June 19, 2021, including her Olympic qualifying results at the Team Trials, have been disqualified, and she forfeits any medals, points, and prizes,"


The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced the positive test result, and said Richardson had accepted a suspension of one month, starting on June 28.  
After, successfully completed a counseling program regarding her use of cannabis," which under USADA rules knocks her ineligibility down to one month, however
The anti-doping agency has upheld it's firm standard when it comes to weed. And Unfortunately,  Sha’Carri Richardson was left off the roster of the 20 21 Olympian  Tokyo. 

 Reported by PolitiFact Jenna Prandini will replace Sha-Carri for the 100-meter final. Prandini placed fourth at the Olympic trials for the 100-meter final.

The Rules   

According to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, “For something to be added to the ... Prohibited List, it must meet two of the three inclusion criteria: a) it poses a health risk to athletes b) it has the potential to enhance performance and c) it violates the spirit of sport.” Though WADA has increased the threshold for a positive test, it has not taken marijuana off the list because it still asserts that the drug meets at least two of the above criteria. Also according to USADA: The 2021 World Anti-Doping Code newly classifies THC as a “Substance of Abuse” because it is frequently used in society outside the context of sport.


The Science

 Narcotics and cannabinoids are both listed in the anti doping agency, but why?

Narcotic analgesics decrease the painful sensations of serious injuries, potentially allowing athletes to continue training for competition after an injury. While some painkillers are allowed, including codeine, the following are banned:



Diamorphine (heroin)

Fentanyl and its derivatives



 The Support 

  Furthermore the American sprinter Sha'Carri was given a 30-day suspension for positive drug test. Still, its been reported that Sha'Carri has been remove from the rooster all-together, despite the pubic out-poor of support.

Politician like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)   has publicly disagree with Olympias decision and  previously urged the USADA to reconsider Richardson's suspension.

Yet our current President Joe Biden spoke briefly on the matter saying, he was proud of her  accountability yet took a old school approach by saying "Rules are Rules"


Final thoughts 

Athletes and Olympians enthusiasts everywhere are devastated  about this mis-opportunity for the fastest woman in the US. Richardson accomplishment date back to 2019 as a freshman at Louisiana State University, running 10.75 seconds to break the 100 m record at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships She has presented great potential and grace that her sponsor Nike stands by the track-star despite these harsh consequences. After the disturbing news hit the media of her disqualification for Tokyo Olympics \Richardson spoke to today MBC too discuss the Olympics decision. 

In the interview she talks about the pressure and her mental health after finding out her biological mother had passed from the reporter. Sha'carri Richardson has taken full ownership of her decision to smoke cannabis as a coping skill to deal with the pressure and  cope with the death of her mother. 

 All in all this was a global decision made by the Olympics committee. Cannabis on a global scale is still condemned especially in sports. It took a very long time for even the NFL and the NBA to loosen the cannabis policy on their players.

 Regardless of the 90% approval rate for cannabis within the US it's still forbidden and restricted in other countries. However sha'carri Richardson will continue to show great sportsmanship and receive support from her sponsors like Nike throughout her training for the next Olympics in 2024.

Ensuring integrity on her Twitter with me messages to all her supporters:

This is just one Games. I'm 21, I'm very young. ... I have plenty of Games left in me to compete in and I have plenty of talent that backs me up, because everything I do comes from me naturally. No steroid, no anything," she said. "This incident was about marijuana, so after my sanction is up I'll be back and able to compete, and every single time I step on the track I'll be ready for whatever anti-doping agency to come and get what it is that they need.

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