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Seth Rogen, A Marijuana Enthusiast, Hammers Home The Absurdity Of Sha'Carri Richardson's Olympic Suspension.
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Seth Rogen, A Marijuana Enthusiast, Hammers Home The Absurdity Of Sha'Carri Richardson's Olympic Suspension.


Seth Rogen, the actor, joined the chorus of support for Sha’Carri Richardson, a 21-year-old American track star who will now miss the 100-meter sprint at the Tokyo Olympics due to a positive marijuana test.

“The notion that weed is a problematic ‘drug’ is rooted in racism,” Rogen wrote on Twitter Friday. “It’s insane that Team USA would disqualify one of this country’s most talented athletes over a thought that’s rooted in hatred. It’s something they should be ashamed of.”

“Also, if weed made you fast, I'd be FloJo,” he continued, referring to late 1980s U.S. track legend Florence Joyner, who still holds the female world record in both the 100- and 200-meter events.

The notion that weed is a problematic “drug” is rooted in racism. It’s insane that Team USA would disqualify one of this country’s most talented athletes over a racist belief. They should be ashamed. Also, if weed made you fast, I’d be FloJo. https://t.co/swDLNoVcV3 — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 2, 2021

Elected officials, celebrities, and other sports figures all made similar observations:

This is BS......tbh — Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) July 2, 2021

My heart breaks for @itskerrii; I believe she is an amazing athlete with a superstar personality; marijuana being a prohibited substance in competition seems... outdated???? And unfair. — Adam Rippon (@AdamRippon) July 2, 2021

The criminalization and prohibition of cannabis is a racist and colonial policy tool. The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms. Richardson and any athletes penalized for cannabis use. This ruling, along with the IOC's denial of swim caps for natural hair, is deeply troubling. https://t.co/Ao1Yu8Ax9GAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 2, 2021

Marijuana is not a performance-enhancing drug—Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) July 2, 2021

This is garbage. I agree with @itskerrii. This has BEEN obsolete. — Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) July 2, 2021

I'm feeling so bad for @itskerrii right now, but please know that we are rooting for you!! — Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 2, 2021

They once discovered trace amounts of THC in my blood and still let me pilot the Enterprise. — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 2, 2021

Sha’Carri is an incredible athlete with a bright future; that her dreams are being crushed over a substance that should be legal throughout the country is devastating and wrong; her heartfelt apology demonstrates her strength even in the face of adversity.https://t.co/PeohD20Emo — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 2, 2021

There is no need for Sha’Carri to apologize. We need to get rid of archaic rules for a substance that is fully legal in 19 states plus DC, and we need to legalize it federally. https://t.co/Ws0n8ykKIP — Congressman Jamaal Bowman (@RepBowman) July 2, 2021

But the majority of you rule makers smoke and probably own THC companies, so let's stop playing these games: https://t.co/hT3H6kw45T — DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 2, 2021

Richardson tested positive for marijuana at the United States Olympic Trials in Oregon last month, rendering her victory in the 100-meter dash null and void.

Marijuana is prohibited during competitions under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, so Richardson accepted a 30-day suspension and may still compete in the 4-x-100-meter relay in Tokyo.

Richardson apologized on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, explaining that she used the drug prior to the trials after learning about her biological mother's death from a reporter.

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