Melbourne, Australia: The country’s major sporting organization, the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports, an entity that oversees cricket, soccer, Australian Rules football, rugby, and tennis, has decided to remove cannabis from the long list of performance-enhancing drugs. For a decade now, marijuana has been on the list of performance-enhancing drugs that are banned from the sport and can lead to sanctions of two years, the same as human growth hormone, and anabolic steroids.
The Coalition Chief, Malcolm Speed, said that from here on out in Australia, marijuana will be treated as an illicit substance only, not performance enhancing, meaning that the penalties for being caught with it in your system is much, much less. Chief Speed also said that when he is at a meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) this week, he will ask them about removing marijuana, saying that when a substance is on the banned list, but isn’t a performance-enhancing substance, it should be removed from that list.
The WADA is an international independent agency that is funded by world sports events, and governments to monitor the World Anti-Doping Code, an international document that has compiled anti-doping policies in all sports for all countries. They are headquartered in Montreal, Canada, but they are a private Swiss foundation whose mission is to make sure international athletes compete in a doping-free sporting environment. Their logo is an equal sign.
Most countries use their guidelines to make drug and substance rules in their own sports organizations. According to their website, WADA is responsible for the science, medicine, and scientific research of sports, along with maintaining that list of prohibited substances. They also use international laboratories, issue therapeutic use exemptions for international athletes, and they help with the Athlete passport program, a program that helps world athletes get the documentation they need to compete in world events. WADA does maintain different lists. Marijuana is on the list of substances banned during competition. They also maintain a list of substances banned at all times and cannabinoids are not on that list.