Rick Zamperin: Despite the legalization of marijuana, weed and the Olympics still don’t mix


Will the next Olympics be the first of a new era for athletes?

Sports Climbing is going to make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, but while that may be all fine and dandy, I’m referring to a different kind of ‘high.’
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Marijuana is touted for its medicinal benefits – but plant compound CBD is focus of a nationwide shortage A nonprofit organization called Athletes for Care, which lists more than 150 athletes as members such as boxer Mike Tyson and cyclist Floyd Landis, has released an open letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), asking it to remove marijuana from its banned substance list.

The letter says cannabis and THC do not meet WADA requirements – potential to enhance performance, presenting a health risk and violating the spirit of the sport – for a banned substance.

Athletes for Care has also launched an open petition on Change.org to express support for the effort.

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