Petition for “Let Sha’Carri Run” Reaches Over 490,000 Signatures

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Sportswear giant Nike released a short but encouraging statement

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“Due to an outdated and arbitrarily enforced rule around marijuana, it will now be barred from competing on the world stage,” the petition reads.

“In no world is marijuana a performance enhancing drug for runners, and in more places in the United States and around the world is marijuana use legal. The United States Anti-Doping Agency should drop its sanction and allow Richardson to compete, ”he continued.

Richardson’s suspension sparked an international conversation about cannabis in sports, with politicians such as Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, President Joe Biden and even Donald Trump, Jr. voicing their support for the young sprinter.

And while a positive THC test could be a career-ending event in the life of an Olympic-level athlete (thanks to Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati), times seem to be changing.

Sportswear giant Nike, which has sponsored Richardson since 2019, released a short but encouraging statement regarding the runner via ESPN reporter Aaron Dodson.

“Official statement from Nike on Sha’Carri Richardson: ‘We appreciate Sha’Carri’s honesty and responsibility and will continue to support her during this time,” Dodson tweeted.

Richardson remains a Nike athlete.

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