Connections: Addressing the stigma surrounding marijuana
Sprinting star Sha’Carri Richardson was a gold medal contender for the Tokyo Olympics, which begin next Friday. But after testing positive for marijuana at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Richardson has been suspended and will miss the Games. The sprinter said she used THC to help cope with her mother’s death. Congressman Jamie Raskin and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to end Richardson’s suspension.
While the agency said it wants to mitigate “harsh consequences” and change the rules regarding marijuana – which is not a performance-enhancing drug for sprinters – it replied that it "does not make or have a direct vote on the anti-doping rules" and it must enforce them. Critics of the suspension say it’s time to address the stigma surrounding marijuana. This hour, our guests address that stigma, especially in light of the drug’s legalization in New York State. Our guests: