Sha’Carri Richardson Says She’d Be ‘Blessed’ If Her Marijuana Suspension Led To End Of The Ban For Other Athletes

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U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson is hopeful that her suspension from participating in the Olympics after testing positive for marijuana will lead to an international policy change for athletes, and she says she would be “blessed” if that happens as a result of her punishment. The suspension sparked a global conversation about the cannabis ban, with experts contending that the plant is not a performance enhancing drug and its use should not be a disqualifying factor for athletes. The issue came up in an interview with Richardson that aired on NBC’s “Today” on Friday. The runner said that she takes responsibility for violating the anti-doping rules, and she’s “here to take what it is that I have to take from the choices that I decided to make.” The athlete admitted to using cannabis in Oregon after learning of her mother’s death. “You can’t run from reality,” she said. “It’s still going to be there no matter how long you choose to ignore it, no matter how long you choose to think it’s going to go away.” But the reality of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) marijuana ban may change amid the public pushback against it that followed Richardson’s suspension. The runner said she’d be happy if the prohibition was lifted and if the reaction to her circumstances led to reforms that protected other athletes from being penalized over cannabis. “If those rules do change, honestly I’m just blessed and proud of the fact I could do that for other athletes,” she said. Watch Richardson discuss international marijuana policy for athletes, starting around 2:15 into the video below: Sha'Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) took the track by storm at this year’s Olympic trials, winning the 100-meter race in spectacular fashion. But she was suspended and left off Team USA after testing positive for THC. @LlamasNBC…

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