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WADA looks to review status of cannabis on list of prohibited substances

Cannabis has been on the list of WADA's prohibited substances for quite some time. However, with many countries legalising its use, WADA had decided to review its status on the list.

WADA looks to review status of cannabis on list of prohibited substances-ayh
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Los Angeles, First Published Sep 15, 2021, 10:18 AM IST
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The presence of cannabis on the list of prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency has come under controversy after American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson missed out on featuring in the Tokyo Olympics, as he had tested positive. Furthermore, with the United States of America legalising the use of the drug, along with many other countries, it has compelled WADA to conduct scientific research on the same.

Richardson had stated that she used to consume the drug after her mother passed away, as it helped her cope with the sorrow while it was legal in her state of Oregon. As the ban sparked an uproar in the US, Sebastian Coe (World Athletics president) demanded a review on the ban.

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WADA looks to review status of cannabis on list of prohibited substances-ayh

He said it was the right moment to review the same, as it makes sense and nothing is set in stone. He added that while it has to be adapted once, it also needs to be reassessed infrequently.

Although the substance would remain ban throughout 2022, WADA said that it would make "limited modifications" to the list for 2022. "Following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the (executive committee) endorsed the decision of the List Expert Advisory Group to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis. Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and will continue to be in 2022," said WADA in a statement.

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