How to begin without sounding like a hypocrite. I’m against the legalization of marijuana, for that matter I also think that cigarettes should be illegal as well, and I’m a smoker, brand new, only smoking for the last 5 or 6 years. But that is not the case, both cigarettes and marijuana are legal. And they are both deleterious, that means super bad according to my synonym toilet paper, for your lungs and any athlete that does both, or either one, on a consistent basis is crazy because they’re both performance depressing drugs. So why are they suspending Ms. Richardson for using a completely legal substance that in no way could have helped her performance. Maybe they’re upset because they think that she could have done better and ran a better time than Usain Bolt if she hadn’t smoked the joint. If the U.S. recognizes the legality of marijuana in a State, meaning that the DOJ has refused to challenge that law, then that particular item should be discarded from the banned list, especially since it isn’t performance enhancing and most likely we’re lucky she didn’t run in the opposite direction or straight to McDonalds for a Big Mac from the starting blocks. Am I right, I’m right. I think that her case should be appealed and reversed. If it’s legal to do and it isn’t performance enhancing then they should use a little common sense approach and do what they will eventually do 4 years from now and just say that this particular item will be removed from the banned list as long as you do it legally. But what do I know, I once smoked lawn grass. My thinking at the time was, grass is grass.
I’ll pose a question, how about if an athlete had cancer, but it didn’t affect their performance in that particular sport, like curling or pie eating, is that a sport, now that I think about it, smoking weed might be a performance enhancer for pie eating, but the doctor prescribed good ‘ol bud for the symptoms of the treatment, would you ban them from the games? She was obviously depressed from the death of her mom, mary jane is prescribed for depression. I think it should have been overlooked like it was overlooked for other athletes. But that’s just my opinion.
After reading the explanation by the USTA about why Ms. Richardson was suspended, I only can say that it makes complete sense and we owe them an apology. The World anti-Doping Committee has marijuana on their banned list so anyone in the world would be affected by the same outcome if they had done the same thing. To her credit, Ms. Richardson was less upset than we were about the suspension and took responsibility. I think that 4 years from now that particular item might not be on the banned list, but it is now, so we have to accept the rulings and wait for next years world championships to see the match up about who the fastest woman in the world is.