The petition to restore Sha’Carri Richardson for the Tokyo Olympics received 370,000 signatures

A petition for track and field sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson to be suspended for testing positive for marijuana has received more than 370,000 signatures online.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Friday that Richardson had tested THC, a chemical in cannabis factories, during the US Olympic team trials on June 19.The agency stated that the 21-year-old athlete will be Suspended for a month, Which will prevent her from participating in Tokyo Olympic GamesThe decision of the US Anti-Doping Agency aroused rapid opposition. Many people pointed out that the suspension was not supported by scientific evidence, while others believed that the ban on cannabis was rooted in systemic racism.

petition As of the time of writing, more than 370,000 signatures have been collected in a campaign in support of Richardson initiated by the free organization MoveOn. The petition against the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency called for the restoration of Richardson’s position so that she could participate in the 100-meter sprint at the Olympics. It also urged the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to re-examine its regulations on cannabis consumption.

The MoveOn petition supporting Sha’Carri Richardson received hundreds of thousands of signatures online. In this photo, the athlete celebrates winning the women’s 100m final on the second day of 2U.S. Olympic track and field team trials held at Hayward Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on June 19.
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“In any world, marijuana is not a drug to improve running performance. In the United States and more places around the world, the use of marijuana is legal. The US Anti-Doping Agency should waive penalties and let Richardson participate in the competition!” The petition is read.

“There are many reasons to ban performance-enhancing drugs, but this reason is ridiculous,” it added.

“Punishing world-class black, queer, and female athletes is reminiscent of the anti-drug laws often implemented in the United States, which is reminiscent of anti-drug laws. The use of recreational marijuana is actually legal for upper-middle class whites. Over the years, more and more states have realized this because they have legalized marijuana for everyone and are considering how to repair the damage caused to black and brown communities in decades of the “drug war”,” the petition said.

Richardson consumed marijuana while in Oregon, and since 2015, it has been legal to sell recreational marijuana in Oregon. She said she used marijuana to deal with her mother’s death, which happened a few days before the Olympic trials.Richardson told National Broadcasting Corporation news’ Nowadays Death was a “trigger” and put her in an “emotional panic state.”

Democratic Party Representative Alexander Ocasio-Cortez Jamie Raskin of New York and Maryland Formally urge the U.S. anti-doping agency The suspension was lifted in a letter on Friday. Legislators stated that the decision was based on an “outdated ban on cannabis.” Ocasio-Cortez and Raskin point out that “the different treatments for recreational alcohol and cannabis use reflect the old impressions of cannabis products.”

Ocasio-Cotez tweeted a screenshot of the letter, writing: “Their decision lacks any scientific basis. It is rooted in the systemic racism that has long promoted anti-marijuana laws.” The progressive congresswoman Pointed out, “Even the medical director of @wada_ama [World Anti-Doping Agency]Its US branch issued a suspension order and stated that there is no evidence that cannabis is improving performance. Not to mention, marijuana is legal in Oregon, where Ms. Richardson uses marijuana. “

Richardson thanked his fans and supporters on Twitter this weekend and wrote: “Support [two heart emojis] My community, I thank you, negative people forget you and enjoy the game, because we all know it will not be the same. “

In a follow-up post, the athlete wrote: “I’m sorry, I can’t be your Olympic champion this year, but I promise I will be your world champion next year.”

Recreational marijuana is legal in 18 states and Washington, DC, but it is still prohibited by federal law. Most states in the United States (36 states in total) have legalized cannabis for medicinal use, and the vast majority of Americans believe that eating the plant should not be illegal. A Gallup poll released in November found that 68% of American adults believe in marijuana Should be legal For entertainment purposes.

Weekly newspaper Contacted the US Anti-Doping Agency for comments, but did not receive an immediate response.

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