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Experts and Athletes Debate Athletics’ Anti-Marijuana Stance

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

pro athletes running in stadiumOlympic athlete Nicholas Delpopolo was ousted from the games yesterday when he failed a drug test for marijuana. His elimination has prompted a debate about whether the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should continue its practice of placing athletes under a two-year ban if they test positive for marijuana use. Experts say that marijuana does not enhance performance, and some argue that the WADA should focus on drugs that give people an unfair lead in the competition. Others argue that smoking an illegal substance gives athletics a bad name and that the drug is unhealthy. American wrestler Stephany Lee, who was eliminated from the Olympics for testing positive for marijuana during training, complained to USA Today that athletes commonly use marijuana: “We party just as hard as we train. … Just because there is a test on it doesn’t mean people are going to stop it.”

Source: USA Today Olympic Ouster Brings Marijuana Issue to the Forefront

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