— Published 15 September 2021

Cannabis could be taken off the banned list

Sha’Carri Richardson

It is about time. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced in a press release on Tuesday, September 14th, that it would review the inclusion of cannabis on the list of prohibited substances. A new scientific examination of cannabis will be conducted next year, with the prospect of excluding it from the list of prohibited products. But WADA warns that cannabis will remain banned at least until the end of 2022. Meeting earlier this week in Istanbul, WADA’s executive committee said it had received requests from some stakeholders in the Olympic movement to reconsider the often-debated case of cannabis. WADA’s decision comes a few months after the suspension of US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson (pictured above), who tested positive for cannabis during the Olympic trials. Suspended for one month, she was barred from the Tokyo Games. Following this case, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe suggested that the time had come to reconsider the case of cannabis as a doping product. “Nothing is set in stone. We adapt and re-evaluate things from time to time,” the British leader said.