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World Anti-Doping Agency will keep its cannabis ban


World Anti-Doping Agency will keep its cannabis ban

After Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended last year in the run up to the Tokyo Olympics, the World Anti Doping agency had considered reversing the ban on cannabis use but has reportedly decided to keep it, per High Times.

Cannabis use is also banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, with US governing bodies simultaneously arguing that cannabis is a health and safety risk and also a performance-enhancing drug for some. 

After outrage at Richardson’s suspension, the agency wanted a scientific review via the Prohibited List Expert Advisory Group, who are in favor of “keeping a ban in place, saying that based on the scientific evidence available, the drug meets the criteria for inclusion on the list.”

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94% of cannabis farms in California are at risk of wildfires

As the world collectively gets hotter and hotter summers, the risk of wildfires grow. A study from  University of California has found that 94% of cannabis farms in the state are located in fire risk hotspots, reports the Independent.

The details:

  • On top of the 94% of farms currently at risk, more than 25% were in areas that will either be new or intensifying wildfire hotspots.
  • Cannabis farms were more likely to be in severe fire hazard zones than any other crop studied.
  • Cannabis farms were generally found to be located closer to previous wildfires.
  • The study estimated that if 25% of cannabis production in California were lost, it would have a larger economic impact than losing the entire orange crop.

“Our findings affirm that cannabis agriculture is geographically more threatened by wildfire than any other agricultural crop in California,” said Christopher Dillis, lead author on the study.


No further cannabis reform likely before midterm elections

A White House statement has revealed Biden is unlikely to enact any cannabis reform before the upcoming midterm elections, per Marijuana Moment.

Following a statement a few weeks ago from the press secretary that they ‘’don’t have anything to speak to’’ on cannabis action it seems that there is nothing planned for the near future either. When the Space Force Press Secretary was questioned in a gaggle with reporters on the importance of cannabis reform for democratic voters, they emphasized Biden’s commitment to reform but there were no plans to leverage this for the election.

“The president believes that there are too many people serving unduly long sentences for non-violent drug crimes—a disproportionate number of whom are Black and brown,” the press secretary said.

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