AOC Asks Anti-Doping Agency To Reconsider Ban of Olympic Athlete

( New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for the one-month ban for a U.S. sprinter to be overturned after she tested positive for marijuana.

Along with Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin, AOC said she believes the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency should reconsider the ban it placed on Sha’Carri Richardson, who is a star sprinter who was hoping to compete at the Olympic Games this month.

In a letter, the two lawmakers wrote to the USADA:

“We urge you to reconsider the policies that led to this and other suspensions for recreational marijuana use, and to reconsider Ms. Richardson’s suspension. Please strike a blow for civil liberties and civil rights by reversing this course you are on.”

After she won the 100-meter sprint at the U.S. Olympic team trials that were held in Oregon in June, Richardson’s drug test came back as positive for THC. That’s the chemical in marijuana that causes people to feel high when they use it.

Because of the positive test, the USADA disqualified Richardson’s results from the race, and she was placed on a one-month suspension.

There is no debating that Richardson broke a rule when she used THC and then tested positive for it. The question at hand is whether THC should continue to be on the banned drugs list for the USADA.

Progressives such as AOC believe that professional sporting organizations should reconsider their rules regarding marijuana, as states across the country are beginning to legalize recreational use of it.

Some, like AOC, have even gone as far to say that policies that continue to ban marijuana for recreational use are racist in nature.

In their letter, Raskin and AOC took specific issue with the World Anti-Doping Agency labeling TCH as a “substance of abuse.” WADA lists TCH on the same plane as heroine, ecstasy and cocaine in saying they are “frequently abused in society outside the context of sport.”

The progressive Democrats tried to fire back by saying that if that is the measuring stick for a “substance of abuse,” then alcohol and cigarettes should be listed, too.

The two lawmakers just wouldn’t stop in their challenges to the ruling, either. They said rulings like this contribute to other policies that are anti-drug that affect communities of color at a much higher rate. This is exactly the stance that advocates for criminal justice have taken in recent years.

As their letter states:

“We are also concerned that the continued prohibition of marijuana while your organizations allow recreational use of alcohol and other drugs reflects anti-drug laws and policies that have historically targeted Black and Brown communities while largely condoning drug use in white communities. Anti-marijuana laws have a particularly ugly history of systemic racism.”

What AOC and Raskin fail to point out in their letter, though, is the obvious fact that marijuana is not legal across the country. While some states have legalized it for recreational use and some for medical use, it’s not legal everywhere.