Marijuana in Sports Gone Too Far

Alan Vu, Staff Writer

21-year-old sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson is determined to place for a spot for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. However, she is unable to compete after failing her drug test.

Cannabis became a controversial topic when it comes to politics, but also in sports. It is often being used for medical purposes but also for recreational use as well.

Marijuana is subject as a performance-enhancing drug, which is a substance that could affect the athletes’ performance. Those who may be caught may face suspensions or fines.

Former NFL wide receiver Josh Gordon has been known for receiving multiple suspensions for PED which first lasted for two games in 2013, then indefinitely the next season, and again the next two years. He would later be out of action in 2019, as he continued to struggle with his mental and health issues.

According to the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, marijuana is placed at the scheduling of I, which is the highest probability for abuse, with V being the lowest.

With 18 states making it legal, some sports leagues are lessening their restrictions and punishments.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, which affiliates with the International Olympic Committee, prohibits the use of substances that contains cannabinoids or tetrahydrocannabinol. However, it does not apply to those that contain cannabidiol.