WADA expected to keep marijuana on banned list after official review that followed U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s 2021 suspension
The World Anti-Doping Agency appears set to keep cannabis on its list of prohibited substances for 2023, despite friction over American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension last year, according to people who have seen a draft copy of the list.
The decision, which is likely to be finalized at a meeting later this month, means athletes subject to WADA’s drug-testing code will continue to be subject to suspension if they test positive for cannabis in competition.
It also highlights tensions over a drug that is increasingly used legally for medical and recreational purposes in some countries, and whose effects on athletic performance are disputed.
WADA, which oversees drug testing in Olympic and other sports, last year agreed to initiate a scientific review of the status of cannabis on the prohibited list. The review came at the urging of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and U.S. politicians amid controversy after the suspension of Richardson, the 2021 U.S. Olympic trials women’s 100-meter champion who tested positive for a chemical found in marijuana and was left off the team for the Tokyo Games.