Sponsored – “Just Let Her Run” Reactions to Sha’Carri Richardson’s Olympic Ban Has America Talking Marijuana

Sha’Carri Richardson has been banned from competing at this year’s Olympics. The ban came after testing positive for marijuana. The former NCAA champ from LSU ran a 10.86 100-meter dash. This placed her a full .13 seconds faster than the next finisher. Despite that lead, the second place finisher will be noted as the winner of the race in the record books.

The orange haired flash became an up and coming internet hero after winning the U.S. 100-meter championship. Her “every woman style and attitude” brought a level of relatability rarely found in star olympians. The internet is not taking the ban well. A handful of politicians, dozens of athletes, and lots of everyday people have all rallied behind her.

On June 2nd the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced her one month ban – effectively disqualifying her from next month’s Olympics. The next day, Sha’Carri appeared on the Today Show and admitted that did use marijuana. During the interview, she stated that she only used pot to cope with the death of her mother.

Outcries of Support

People from across the world have sent support toward Richardson.

Super Bowl winning QB Patrick Mahomes was blunt in a recent Tweet “This is so trash man… Just let her run!”

Pop stars like Drake, Gabrielle Union, and Dual Lipa have all released statements supporting the runner

Many of the comments from people online are centered around how relatable Richardson’s struggle is. People across the globe have been commenting that they too have used weed to cope with stressful or sad times in their lives.

In a Tweet, AOC stated that she is formally asking the U.S. Anti-Doping committee to end her suspension. Which could lead to the ban being lifted.    If it’s not lifted, it may put a delay in the track star living the rap mantra, Rich Life Forever.

Even Becoming Available Online

Richardson’s suspension has prompted a large online discussion about cannabis legalization. One of the sore spots with the ban is the fact that using weed is perfectly legal in the state that she used it in. Afterall, Oregon has had legal weed since 2014.

Joe Pompilano, of Huddle Up, noted that “It’s legal to recreationally smoke weed in 19 states, including the one where Richardson tested positive, while the NFL, NBA, and MLB have softened their stance. But we’re still going to stop an Olympian from competing due to a non-performance-enhancing drug? Makes no sense.”

Many feel that it seems unfair to bar an athlete from the Olympics for something that seems so normal. In fact, in some of the 18 states where weed is currently legal, you can even buy bongs from an online smoke shop. NAACP President William Brooks argued that you “sell cannabis and you qualify as an entrepreneur, use weed and you’re disqualified as an Olympian?”

The legalization of cannabis use in the US is leading weed  to become commonplace in many states. The industry even has its own crypto currencies. Crypto’s like PotCoin and HempCoin have popped up over the years to make transactions easier between cannabis organizations and consumers.  Even the new SafeTitan (STTN) tokens, who’s ICO is August 14th, could become a ‘loaning’ cryptocurrency in the DeFi industry, for MMJ businesses.  Also the token will be a profiting tool for those who choose to loan.

Supporting Athletes Mental Health

Sha’Carri tweeted “I am Human.” It is clear that she has been going through a hard mental time since the passing of her mother.

The United States Track and Field Association later released a statement saying “Richardson’s situation is incredibly unfortunate and devastating for everyone involved. Athlete health and well-being continue to be one of USATF’s most critical priorities and we will work with Sha’Carri to ensure she has ample resources to overcome any mental health challenges now and in the future.”

Much of the outcry against the ban has been related to the fact that she used weed as just mental relief. They argue that she never intended to use it as a performance enhancing drug. And no matter what, it is clear that her suspension has sparked a lively conversation – one that is sure to decide the fate of marijuana use in sports for years to come.