Olympics need to rethink recreational drug policy

Two weeks before she won the 100 meters U.S. Olympic trials, Sha'Carri Richardson smoked marijuana. The discovery voids Richardson's win.

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July 6, 2021 - 10:07 AM

Sha'Carri Richardson runs and celebrates in the Women's 100 Meter semifinal at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images/TNS)

When anti-doping officials notified Sha’Carri Richardson that she had tested positive for marijuana — effectively banning her from the 100 meters at the Tokyo Olympics — the American sprinter with the fiery hair and electrifying speed offered a simple, subdued comment.

“I am human,” Richardson posted on social media.

The ensuing 24 hours have seen a far louder, if not angrier, response from around the sports world, with people asking why authorities still consider marijuana a prohibited substance.

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