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Biden In Push For World Sports To Drop Weed Rules

New report says Biden administration pushing to help athletes like Sha’Carri Richardson.

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Sha'Carri Richardson

President Joe Biden is about to get behind a new push to get organizations behind international sporting rules to drop their bans on marijuana, a new report reveals.

The Financial Times reports that the Biden administration is requesting a meeting with the World Anti-Doping Agency to discuss the hot topic.

“The office said it intended to ask Wada about policies restricting cannabis use, ‘including the timeframe for testing, and the basis for the consideration of cannabis as a performance-enhancing drug’,” the Times reported.

The issue is a hot topic after Olympic hopeful track star Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for marijuana, which will now exclude her from competing in the 2020 Olympics to be held in 2021 in Japan. Richardson was believed to be a top contender for 100m gold.

19 states currently have laws on the book allowing the use of marijuana, but it is still banned under both national and international rules. Biden has expressed sympathy for Richardson, but noted that the rules currently prohibit the drug.

Over 560,000 signed an online petition calling for Richardson’s reinstatement and Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin (MD) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) have called for Richardson to be allowed to compete on the field.