We’ve covered the story a number of times, particularly with Nick Diaz and his recreational use of marijuana, and the number of bans from MMA. Well, the good news, The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) has recently come out with some statements which seem to indicate that they no longer believe marijuana is an athletic enhancing drug.
Here is a statement from the President of WADA, who said: “Specifically to cannabis, I can only say to those, particularly in the football codes who have expressed concern that we’re focusing on an area that really isn’t about cheating in sport, I urge them to put a request up to WADA, which will be given to our list committee, who will examine it.”
Current rules require that any player or athlete found to have marijuana in their system, is to be banned for up to 2 years from his or her sport. This isn’t Marion Jones here, and most generally accept that marijuana doesn’t provide any speed enhancements or benefits over competitors.
That said, there is still an argument that marijuana can provide an unfair advantage in some sports, i.e. pistol shooting, golf, etc. and other sports that require a steady hand, and mental focus.
It all seems so complicated, weed makes you stupid, weed makes you smart, oh who knows! We’ll just have to wait and see what WADA decides with revisions of their existing rules on Anti-Doping.
About Chad Morgan
As the founder of Herbisto.com, I am an advocate and political activist for the decriminalization of marijuana, and the legalization of medical marijuana.
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