Congressional Leaders Push Marijuana Protections For Athletes And Federal Workers In New Spending Legislation

Congressional Leaders Push Marijuana Protections For Athletes And Federal Workers In New Spending Legislation
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House Appropriations Committee leaders have included even more marijuana provisions in newly released spending bills and attached reports, including a novel section that encourages sports regulators to push international officials to “change how cannabis is treated” when it comes to suspending athletes from competition over positive tests. The past week has seen a flurry of marijuana proposals included in appropriations legislation that covers Fiscal Year 2023 funding for various federal agencies. These latest bills and reports deal with spending packages for the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education, as well as Financial Services and General Government (FSGG). Many of the sections have been largely carried over from past measures—such as protections for universities that research cannabis and a requested review of federal drug testing policies. But for FSGG, there’s new report language addressing an issue that came to the fore last summer after U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended from an Olympic event due to a positive test for THC. The suspension made international headlines, received attention from the White House and prompted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to initiate a scientific review to determine whether it’s appropriate to continue penalizing athletes over marijuana, treating it like a performance enhancing drug. Appropriators are now requesting action from the U.S. sports regulators: “U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.—The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) manages the anti-doping program for all U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee recognized sports, which includes a program for testing athletes for performance-enhancing substances to ensure clean competition. The Committee encourages USADA to support additional research on the effects of cannabis on athletic performance, including whether marijuana use during the in-competition period delivers performance-enhancing effects, and to engage in efforts to change how cannabis is treated under the World Anti-Doping Code and World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.” The…

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