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Reinstate Sha'Carri Richardson
Sha'Carri Richardson is a track and field sprinter who is currently the fastest woman alive. Richardson is preparing to participate in her first Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Unfortunately, on July 1st, 2021, Richardson tested positive for marijuana. As a result, The World Anti-Doping Agency could suspend her for 30 days. Recreational marijuana is legal in 19 states, including Oregon, where Richardson competed in the U.S. Olympic team trials and reportedly failed the drug test. Additionally, cannabis is not a performance-enhancing drug and could put a runner at more of a disadvantage during a race. Sha'Carri Richardson should not be barred from realizing her dream of competing in the 2021 Olympic Games. She did not gain any competitive advantage from the reported use of marijuana. Richardson and athletes everywhere should not be banned from competition for the use of a widely legalized drug. Please sign this petition to help Richardson fight to be allowed to compete in the Olympic games.
Stand with Brianna McNeal
(DO NOT DONATE TO PETITION. WEBSITE KEEPS DONATIONS. DONATE TO GOFUNDME) Brianna McNeal is the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 100 meter hurdles. Brianna has never failed a drug test. On the other hand, Brianna was suspended from competing for 5 years and she will not be allowed to defend her Olympic Gold medal in Tokyo. Drug testers knocked on Brianna's door on January 12, 2020 to test her but she did not answer due to being medicated after receiving "a surprise medical procedure". Brianna had undergone an abortion, she was recovering and it also left her traumatized . Brianna did not wish to disclose her procedure but she felt forced after being pressured by investigators to give them an answer. Brianna wanted to keep her procedure private as she and her husband had only discussed the issue with their spiritual advisor. Brianna McNeal, 29, was suspended for five years for “tampering with the results management process” in connection with her missing a doping test two days after she had the abortion. In its case against her, McNeal said, World Athletics said it didn’t believe she was so traumatized by the abortion that she got the date of the procedure wrong. After all, the organization said, she continued to post on social media and compete in the weeks afterward. McNeal said investigators chastised her for seeing a spiritual adviser instead of a psychiatrist while she was suffering from depression after the abortion. Brianna was showed no compassion, she was judged and mistreated by a room full of individuals who can't relate to her situation and failed to understand what she had been thru. Brianna was not obligated to reply to the Doping Agencies request and had she not replied she would have only received a missed test. Brianna has never used drugs nor has she ever tampered with a sample. She is a model athlete, a leader in her community and a champion who has earned and worked hard to achieve her accomplishments. Please sign and share this petition and #STANDWITHBRI as we push to have Brianna's 5 year ban overturned as it is an unfair punishment. Brianna has also paid over $40,000.00 to lawyers for this case. Let’s show support for Brianna Rollins McNeal and #StandWithBri. Donations made through this petition are not given to Brianna. Monetary donations collected by change .org help with advertising (per change.org) if you would like to assist Brianna financially please use the following: Cashapp: $brirollin PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let Sha’Carri Richardson Compete!
10.64 seconds was all it took for Sha’Carri Richardson to be crowned as the “fastest woman in America” and a household name overnight. Sha’Carri won the 100-meter race against several other competitors, but she had something about her that was far different from the other runners. Maybe it was her bright and electrifying orange hair— almost like a beautiful blazing fire— accompanied with long and glamour nails that made her stand out, or maybe it was the confidence and resilience she had shown as she pointed at her coach. Whatever it was, it worked magnificently. Sha’Carri Richardson became an internet sensation with her viral lines, “I’m really that girl”, and permanently marked her historical spot in not only athletic history, but black history. Today, in the afternoon of July 1, Sha’Carri cryptically tweeted out the phrase, “I am human”; soon after it was revealed that Sha’Carri had tested positive for an illegal substance and would be disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics. While most of us are assuming that she had taken hardcore performance enhancements such as steroids, the truth of the matter was that it was just marijuana. This petition is a plead to the World-Anti Doping Agency as well as the International Olympic Committee; Sha’Carri Richardson has proven time and time again that she deserves a spot at the Tokyo Olympics. Her testing positive for marijuana is simply not enough to eliminate her or the 10+ years of relentless hard work, sweat, tears that she has dedicated to the sport. Please sign this petition if you agree that Sha’Carri should be allowed to compete and show her true American spirit at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Remove Cannabis Ban for Athletes in Sport
Athletes for CARE, representing over 150 athletes, ranging from Super Bowl champions and Olympic medalists to Stanley Cup winners and NBA All-Stars, is calling for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to remove cannabis from its list of prohibited substances. We have found an improved quality of life through cannabis and natural cannabinoids, including significant pain relief, therapeutic, and wellness benefits, and these positives should be freely available to all other athletes. In keeping with WADA's values of ethics, fair play and honesty, the organization owes it to athletes to allow full access to this gentle but effective plant medicine. As a global cultural leader in human performance and health, WADA has the opportunity to light the way in correcting the unfair and harmful stigma that has been attached to this beneficial plant. Athletes for CARE represents athletes from eight countries, who have competed in more than 50 professional leagues, spanning 28 sports. Please join us in the spirit of sport and show your support here.
Remove The Ban Of Marijuana In The Olympics
Sha'Carri Richardson is a track and field sprinter who has had an amazing track record. Just a month ago she was on her way to participate in her first Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Unfortunately on July 1st, 2021 Richardson tested positive for marijuana. As a result, The World Anti-Doping Agency could suspend her for 30 days. Recreational drugs are legal in the state of Oregon .Marijuana is not a performance-enhancing drug and although the Olympics is aware of this , marijuana still remains squarely on the banned list for Olympic sports. Marijuana did not give her a competitive advantage and marijuana does not change her status as an athlete . She has worked extremely hard to make it to the Olympics and she deserves to be participating in the Olympics. Richardson and other athletes should not be penalized nor banned for using a drug that is legalized in many states. Please sign this petition in solidarity to help Richardson be allowed to compete in the Olympics and to remove the ban of marijuana in the Olympics so this wont happen again.
Native species of Argentine Wombats are in steady decline from Hunting
In the past year, the beautiful rare species of Argentine brown-nosed Wombats has greatly decreased due to their prized fur. With only an estimated 400 left, this needs an urgent call to action. Poachers from the Chicago area have recently been caught in the foreign countries harvesting these animals. Nothing is being done to stop these hunters, and it causes a great deal of sorrow for the species. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
JUSTICE FOR JESSIE T. MAWUTU AND REMOVAL OF INNOCENT HORSES OF POLICE CONTROL
DEAR PARLIMENT AND THE REST OF THE WORLD, THIS PETITION IS TO DELIVER THE FOLLOWING: JUSTICE FOR JESSIE TIETI MAWUTU BAN HORSES FROM BEING USED BY THE POLICE IN ANY PUBLIC EVENTS AND AGAINST ANY HUMAN IN THE UK. THIS BAN WILL BE FOR NOW AND FOREVER TO COME IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. SPECIFICALLY IN PUBLIC EVENTS. THIS PETITION IS TO CREATE A LAW TO KEEP HORSES AND OTHER ANIMALS AWAY FROM HUMAN ISSUES/DEBATES/PROTESTS. THAT COULD LEAD TO IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO BOTH HUMANS AND ANIMALS OF PEACEFUL NATURE. WHY? THIS IS ANOTHER FORM OF POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOUR. DAMAGING US EMOTIONALLY, PSYCHOLOGICALLY AND PHYSICALLY. I WILL EXPLAIN HOW WITHIN THIS PETITION: On Saturday 6th of June 2020, I witnessed INNOCENT HORSES being used as WEAPONS of THREAT against PEACEFUL PROTESTORS. Horses being taking ADVANTAGE OF because THEY DO NOT HAVE A VOICE TO CHOOSE WHEREVER THEY WANT TO BE USED OR NOT. I was amongst my brothers and sisters declaring PEACE and CHANGE for the world THROUGH THE BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTEST. ALL WE WANT IS PEACE FOR EVERYONE. AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROTEST NOW AND IN THE FUTURE FOR ANY REASON IN PEACE WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING ATTACKED BY A HORSE OR AN ARMED POLICE OFFICER. A LUXURY WE CANNOT SAY WE HAVE. I do not codone ANY VIOLENCE. Towards HUMANS OR ANIMALS. I AM A HUMAN AND ANIMAL LOVER. They are both equal in MY EYES and to MANY OTHERS. Many can agree with me that ANIMALS should not have to suffer by SEEING, HEARING or FEELING the issues that humans have on their Earth. This is a problem they can't have any say in. Because they LITERALLY DON'T have a VOICE. However they still FEEL FEAR and SADNESS. Just like HUMANS. People in power, (specifically white) have done enough by destroying and taking ANIMALS and PEOPLE OF COLOUR away from their natural habitat just for the masses to feel "protected". Normalizing killing animals to eat meat and falsely misleading people that animals are a main source of protein. Creating a falsehood that they "need" to eat it to build muscle, within our society. However I do understand that everyone is entitiled to their own diet. However NORMALIZING, USING HORSES WHO HAVE NO SAY through police power and controlling them. IS A FORM OF ABUSE. AND THIS HAS TO STOP. THIS IS ANOTHER FORM OF POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOUR AND ANIMALS. CONTROLLING AND USING HORSES THROUGH POLICE POWER IS EXACTLY WHAT they did to my ancestors which are BOTH BLACK AND INDIGENOUS. AND THEY ARE STILL DOING IT TODAY TO THE BLACK, INDIGENOUS, LATINO AND ASIAN COMMUNITY. ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS HORSES WILL NEVER HAVE VOICES TO COME TOGETHER AND FIGHT BACK. THEY DO NOT HAVE THE LUXURY TO CHOOSE WHEREVER THEY WANT TO BE A SACRIFICE TO THE ISSUES OF HUMAN KIND. TO CHOOSE A SIDE OR HAVE A VIEW.THEY CANNOT CHOOSE WHEREVER THEY WANT TO BE USED AS A RACIST SYMBOL OR NOT. SO I WILL BE THERE VOICE JUST HOW I AM STANDING UP FOR MY BLACK COMMUNITY. TO PROTECT BOTH HUMANS AND ANIMALS FROM POLICE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY. These innocent horses are being USED and CONTROLLED by THE POLICE IN THE UK. In 2020 we have advanced forms of technology within transport to get to places quicker. For example MOTORBIKES, CARS, BIKES, ELECTRIC SCOOTERS and even SEGWAYS. Which SHOULD be USED in PEACEFUL PROTESTS that have a high number of INNONCET PEOPLE, instead OF HORSES OR ANY OTHER ANIMAL. As a person of ethinic background, BORN AND RAISED IN London, UK. Who is amongst those who STAND FOR EQUALITY. I too have been a victim of RACIAL PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINTION by THE POLICE. I FEEL THE PAIN OF MY BLACK COMMUNITY AND THE ANIMALS BEING ABUSED BY THE POLICE. The start of the Protest was so beautiful and peaceful. There were sections of PRAYER, SINGING, DANCING AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH. WHICH ARE ALL EXPRESSIONS OF PEACE. I was so HAPPY at the commence of the protest. Then I was quickly overwhelmed with confusion. As soon as I saw these innocent creatures roaming around an event, instead of being at peace with their families, in their natural habitats. I saw the pain in their eyes because they too. Do not have freedom either from the Police. Walking/cycling around the protest to be apart of each section, became overwhelming, confusing and frustating. I saw horses and their poop nearly everywhere on the streets. In every section there were police officers with BLACK AND BROWN HORSES. To me and many others. This stated a RACIST SYMBOLIC MESSAGE. In the 21 years that I have been alive, I have seen more WHITE POLICE OFFICERS than any other colour. THIS WAS THE CASE IN THE PROTEST TOO. The imagery that would trigger in my mind due to suffering mental trauma by being a victim of prejudice and discrimination both by the police and normal white people. When seeing a white officer on a horse. A STATEMENT OF POWER AND THREAT Is what I ACKNOWLEDGED from this RACIST SYMBOLISM. THIS IMAGE CONNECTED ME BACK TO My Ancetors History. WHITE EMPOWERED/RICH PEOPLE in the PAST WHO owned HORSES would also own SLAVES WHICH WERE BLACK/BROWN. JUST LIKE THE MAJORITY OF THE HORSES AT THE PROTEST AND OWNED BY THE POLICE IN THE UK. In historical times, WHITE EMPOWERED RICH evil people would WHIP horses to CONTROL and make them OBEY them. Just how they would WHIP my BLACK and INDIGENOUS ANCESTORS EVERY TIME THEY DISOBEYED THEIR "MASTER". Just how they ARE TRYING TO CONTROL my COLOURED PEOPLE TODAY WITH POLICE BRUTALITY. Creating even more PAIN and HURT within OUR HEARTS and MENTALLY. EVERYTIME WE SEE THIS IMAGERY. IT TAKES US BACK TO SUFFERING. IT REMINDS US THAT THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE COLOURED HUMANS AND ANIMALS ARE STILL BEING ABUSED BY THE POLICE. THIS ALSO REMINDED ME THAT THE POLICE SYSTEM STEMS FROM PROTECTING WHITE EMPOWERED PEOPLE FROM FREE SLAVES. BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN FEAR THAT WE ARE FREE AND WE MAY WANT "REVENGE". ASSUMPTIONS OF EVIL NATURE. WHICH WE DO NOT RELATE WITH. WE JUST WANT EQUALITY TO HAVE PEACE. WE ARE BEINGS OF A PEACFUL NATURE. CHOOSING TO KEEP RACISM SYMBOLISM LIKE THIS IN OUR CITY OF DIVERSITY WILL ONLY SHOW THAT THE UK DO NOT STAND FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER. HAVING A POLICE OFFICER ON A HORSE. IS A RACIST AND DECLARATION OF POWER-SYMBOL. CHOOSING TO USE HORSES ONLY MAKES EVENTS LIKE BLM, UNSAFE. WHY ARE THEY ON A HIGH HORSE, WHO HAS NO SAY? WHY ARE THE POLICE USING HORSES WHEN THERE ARE MOTORBIKES, CARS AND OTHER FORMS OF SAFER TRANSPORT. THAT ARE MORE EFFICIENT AND SAFER TO ROAM AROUND MASSIVE CROWDS. WE ARE IN 2020. WHAT IS THE USE OF THIS ABSURD TRADITION OF RACIST SYMBOLISM? PEACEFUL PROTESTORS within the crowds DID NOT COME PREPARED to be CHARGED AND THREATENED with WEAPONS AND ANIMALS. We HAD OUR OWN TWO FEET OR BIKES TO TRANSPORT OURSELVES. ALONG SIDE OUR BANNERS. TO EXPRESS OUR PAIN. AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Other than creating a HURTFUL SYMBOL. The horses were pooping nearly everywhere creating a disgusting smell, a mess that the government would need to spend tax payers money to clean. AND ADDING POLLUTION TO OUR AIR. EVIDENTLY AFFECTING THE ENVIRONMENT! These creatures should be in a environment OF THEIR NATURE not being USED and CONTROLLED TO ROAM AROUND MASSIVE CROWDS. WHO COME WITH INTENTIONS OF PEACE AND AWARENESS. Towards the ending of the PEACEFUL protest ARMED POLICE OFFICERS chose to CHARGE AT US WITH HORSES. There is footage and PROOF of POLICE OFFICERS LOSING CONTROL of SCARED HORSES. DUE TO THE LIGHTNING AND THUNDER ON THE DAY. BEFORE ANY RETALIATION FROM SCARED PROTESTORS. THIS LACK OF CONTROL OVER ANOTHER BEING. DID NOT JUST CAUSE INJURY FOR AN OFFICER AND INNOCENT PROTESTOR OF COLOUR. BUT CAUSED DANGER FOR THE MASSES AND INFLICTED FEAR INTO THE PEOPLE OF A PEACEFUL MOVEMENT. BLACK LIVES MATTER. THIS RACIST SYMBOL OF POWER AND VIOLENT APPROACH SHOWS THE INTENT OF TRANSFORMING A PEACEFUL MOVEMENT TO A DANGEROUS EVENT. PEOPLE WERE INJURED, PEOPLE OF COLOUR AND ANIMALS WERE SCARED OF EACHOTHER AND ALSO PROPERTY WAS DESTROYED BY THE SCARED HORSES. THERE IS NO NEED TO USE ANIMALS TO DECLARE POWER OR RESPECT. GET OFF HORSES AND STAND ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET OR ON A BIKE IF YOU LIKE. JUST LIKE US. ANIMALS ARE NOT HUMAN PROPERTY. JUST LIKE PEOPLE OF COLOUR ARE NOT HUMAN PROPERTY. WIN RESPECT AND POWER BY SPREADING LOVE AND EQUALITY. DO NOT USE RACIST SYMBOLISM AND ANIMALS TO INFLICT FEAR AND CONTROL. WE DO NOT WANT TO HURT ANYONE. WE DO NOT WANT TO HURT POLICE OFFICERS OR ANIMALS. AND WE DEFINITELY DO NOT WANT ANY MORE PEOPLE OF COLOUR TO BE AT RISK OR HURT BY YOUR RACIST SYMBOLISM AND INNOCENT ANIMALS. WE WANT PEACE. HOWEVER HUMANS HAVE REFLEXES OF SELF-DEFENSE. IT IS IN OUR NATURE TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR KIND. THEREFORE ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE NO OPINION ON, CONTROL OR FAULT. THE UK IS KNOWN TO HAVE RAINY AND BLUE WEATHER. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING ISN'T AS RARE FOR US, COMPARED TO OTHER PLACES. THIS IS ALSO ANOTHER REASON TO REMOVE HORSES FROM THE CONTROL OF POLICE OFFICERS. HORSES PANIC AND WILD OUT WHEN THEY HEAR THUNDER. NO ONE CAN CONTROL MOTHER NATURE OR HOW A HORSE REACTS WHILE THEY ARE IN FEAR. THEY ARE NOT MEANT TO BE USED IN OUR CITY DUE TO THE NATURE OF OUR WEATHER. IT IS UNSAFE FOR EVERYONE. INCLUDING WELL-TRAINED OFFICERS. WHOEVER IS IN CONTROL OF A SCARED HORSE CAN SUFFER FROM PERMENANT PHYSICAL INJURIES. BECAUSE THE HORSE WILL FORCE THE RIDER OFF THEM. MOST TIMES IT LEADS TO PARALYSATION OF THE BODY. WHICH DESTROYS LIVES. A SCARED HORSE WILL ALSO RUN INTO ANY DIRECTION. NOT CARING WHAT IS IN THEIR WAY. MAKING IT UNSAFE FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS NO KNOWEDGE ON WHAT TO DO OR NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET OUT OF THEIR WAY. DUE TO SHOCK OR UNAWARENES OF THE SITUATION. I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A PEACEFUL PROTESTOR WHO IS A VICTIM TO THIS LUDACRIS TRADITION. HER NAME IS JESSIE TIETI MAWUTU. SHE LEFT THE PEACEFUL BLM PROTEST EARLY. AS SHE WAS ON HER WAY HOME. SHE WAS RUN OVER BY A SCARED HORSE. SHE WAS UNCONCIOUS, NOW IS SUFFERING FROM PHYSICAL DAMAGE INCLUDING MAJOR BRUISING AND SWOLLEN LIMBS. HER PERSONAL POSSESIONS WERE ALSO TROTTED ON. HER COAT HAS BEEN RIPPED BEYOND REPAIR AND HER PHONE HAS ALSO SUFFERED DAMAGE. THIS TOO IS A PHYSICAL DEMONSTRATION OF THE SEVERE DAMAGE, DANGER AND THREAT. THAT THIS ANIMAL CAN DO BECAUSE IT IS SIMPLY SCARED AND OUT OF CONTROL IN A PUBLIC ENVIRONMENT. HOWEVER THE DAMAGE DOES NOT STOP THERE. MISS MAWUTU ONTOP OF BEING HURT PHYSICALLY ALSO SUFFERED ANOTHER FORM OF POLICE BRUTALITY. EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DAMAGE. SHE WAS DISGUSTINGLY DISMISSED BY THE POLICE AND NOT OFFERED ANY SENSE OF SUPPORT. NO PSYCHOLOGICALSUPPORT OF THE TRAUMATIC EVENT SHE HAS GONE THROUGH. NO COMPENSATION FOR BOTH HER PHYSICAL AND PERSONAL POSSESIONS BEING DAMAGED. WHICH IS THE MINIMUM SHE DESERVES. PROOF OF VIDEO OF HER NOT BEING IN THE CROWD , MAKING HER WAY OUT OF THE MAIN PROTEST WHILST BEING TROTTED ON ARE AVAILABLE AND ALL OVER INSTAGRAM, THIS SITUATION WAS NOT PROVOKED BY HER. OR PROVOKED BY PEOPLE OF COLOUR. IT WAS PROVOKED BY THE POLICE'S EGOTISTICAL APPROACH OF PROVING THEIR POWER THROUGH RACIST SYMBOLISM. AND INFLICTING FEAR. PLEASE FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO HELP ME GET JUSTICE FOR MISS MAWUTU, A BAN TO GET RID OF THIS RACIST SYMBOLISM. WHICH IS A FORM OF POLICE BRUTALITY TO BOTH PEOPLE OF COLOUR AND ANIMALS. THANK YOU. THE POWER AND THE STRENGTH OF THE WORLD IS WITHIN YOU. YOUR VOICE COUNTS. LET'S MAKE A CHANGE. ANGHIE VILLADA VARGAS I DO NOT OWE ANY OF THE RIGHTS OF THE IMAGE USED FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. THE SOURCE IS CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/06/uk/london-black-lives-matter-protests-saturday-gbr-intl/index.html
Implement the Copenhagen Reform Proposals #EmpowerWADA
****** UPDATE 12/9/16 ****** Statement of the USATF AAC Regarding the Conclusion of the McLaren Investigation The findings of the McLaren investigation details absurdity in its purest form. These findings are absolutely devastating to clean athletes; athletes who have sacrificed day in and day out for years to accomplish their goals, only to find out that the system has completely failed to ensure they are competing on an even playing field. If the corruption detailed in the report was able to occur on such an "unprecedented scale" in one country, where else has it been happening? The USA Track & Field Athletes Advisory Committee will not be satisfied until: · WADA has completely independent governance from major sports organizations such as the IOC, the IAAF and other international federations and events across all sports. · WADA is given the authority and capacity to investigate all instances of World Anti-Doping Code violations and to impose appropriate consequences for non-compliance. · International championships are no longer held in countries where the national anti-doping organization (NADO) is not fully compliant with World Anti-Doping Code · A plan and timeline is put in place to ensure all developing and non-compliant NADO's become compliant with World Anti-Doping Code so that athletes are competing on a level playing field year-round, whether they are training at home or competing abroad. · A program is implemented by WADA to protect "whistleblowers" and encourage them to come forward if they have information about doping violations on a small or large scale. · Proper financial investment is made for the above items to occur. As we stated earlier this week, we stand with the 17 NADO's that composed and agreed upon reform proposals at the Special NADO Summit in Copenhagen in August. The above items are covered by these reform proposals. ***** End 12/9/16 Update ****** We, the members of the Athletes Advisory Committee of USATF, join together to endorse the Copenhagen Reform Proposal proposed by 17 national anti-doping organizations in August 2016. We feel strongly that IOC and WADA governance should be separate, and that the IOC should invest the necessary funding in WADA for it to be effective. These would be landmark steps toward protecting clean sport athletes globally, and restoring faith in Olympic Sport. Background (from ESPN.com): Newly elected AAC chair Jeff Porter, a two-time Olympian in the 110-meter hurdles, said athletes are deeply dissatisfied with what they view as slow, piecemeal responses by international authorities to the Russian doping scandal that has unfolded over the last two years. He said U.S. track and field athletes wanted to make a statement ahead of what they anticipate will be more evidence of corruption when law professor Richard McLaren releases Part II of his WADA-commissioned independent investigation on Friday. "These systemic issues can no longer be tolerated," Porter told ESPN.com. He added that many athletes are galvanized to the point where they would contemplate more drastic actions, such as boycotting events. "I am hopeful and optimistic that we won't need to, but if we need to, I think the athletes are prepared to," Porter said. The upcoming conclusion to the McLaren report is looming large in the minds of athletes, who wonder if the fourth major set of investigative findings to be issued in the last 13 months will be enough to tip leaders into aggressive action. McLaren's July findings regarding state-sponsored doping in Russia "fed every conspiracy theory" that athletes normally try to keep from distracting and deflating them, said recently retired U.S. distance runner Lauren Fleshman. "We give up a lot of personal freedom and allow our privacy to be invaded for drug testing, and we do it on the assumption that it's being done everywhere else," Fleshman, a two-time national champion in the 5,000-meter event, told ESPN.com. "It should be [the IOC's] responsibility to pay for things that are going to keep their brand from public humiliation. Everyone tells us that athletes can make a difference. But we've never tested it." The petition drive took shape after athletes heard a presentation by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart, who traveled to Orlando at the athletes' request, Porter said. USADA was among the agencies that participated in the Copenhagen meeting. Lauryn Williams, one of a handful of athletes to have won medals at both the Summer (2012 gold, 4 x 100 meters) and Winter Games (2014 silver, two-woman bobsled), also signed the petition and said she is outraged that competitions are still being scheduled in Russia. "They were passing [urine] samples through a hole in the wall and they expect athletes to go back there?" she said, referring to revelations made by former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov about drug-testing sabotage at the 2014 Sochi Games. "Stop backing athletes into a corner. Move the competition and don't tell me it's too expensive. That's bullshit." Our original hardcopy of this petition includes approximately 80 signatures from elite athletes who met in Orlando, FL, for the USA Track & Field annual convention in December 2016. It has been sent to Sir Craig Reedie, president of WADA. We now wish to push for broader athlete support by creating this online version.
Stop Penalizing Cannabis Consumers Like Sha’Carri Richardson!
Americans for Safe Access, the largest organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for medical use and research, and the signatories of this petition are calling on the White House and Congress to pass medical cannabis laws at the federal level and recommending that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) work with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to remove cannabis from their list of banned substances. According to emergency physician and member of the American Medical Association’s Task Force on Cannabis, Dr. Larry Bedard, “Cannabis should never have been banned, as there is no scientific evidence to support the claims that cannabis possesses any performance enhancing qualities.” Medical cannabis is legal at the federal level in nearly 50 countries. Although medical cannabis is legal in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and four territories in the U.S, it is still illegal at the federal level, causing barriers to access and injustices to human rights. Sha’Carri Richardson used cannabis in Oregon where it is legal for both medical and adult-use, yet was still penalized by WADA due to outdated policies. Even the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN) body that specializes in international public health, now considers cannabis to be a medicine and recommended that the UN remove cannabis from Schedule IV, the most restrictive classification intended for drugs that are dangerous and lack therapeutic importance. In December of 2020, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) adopted the WHO’s recommendations by removing cannabis from Schedule IV. The White House, Congress, USADA, and WADA should follow the lead of the United Nations, and nearly 50 other countries, and update their policies regarding medical cannabis immediately to ensure that world class athletes like Sha’Carri Richardson, and everyday citizens, are not unnecessarily penalized!
Remove marijuana from banned substances list in MMA
As a professional MMA fighter, I and other MMA fighters are regularly tested in competition, randomly, by the state of Michigan and anywhere else we choose to compete. Cutrently, in the state of Michigan, if you have any of the following substances in your system while in competition, you will receive a ban from 6 months - an indefinite amount of time: - cannabis/marijuana (all forms) - amphetamines (like adderall) - benzos (like Xanax and Klonopin) These are just just a few that the state looks for and namely the ones that I have a problem with. The state of MI does not permit a Theraputic Use Case for any reason, and even though medical marijuana was legalized, they still do not permit medical marijuana users to test “positive” in competition. I would also like to mention that while the state does test for medications that are commonly prescribed by psychiatrists for insomnia, ADD, anxiety, and digestive issues, they do NOT test for a single Performance Enhancing Drug or PED. As someone who suffers from anxiety, insomnia, and has been struggling with digestive issues for the better part of the last two years (that has landed me in the hospital four times in the last 8 months and I’m still chasing a diagnosis), it is important to me to be able to use medical marijuana to treat my conditions with minimal side effects. Last note, personal: the prescriptions given to me by my psychiatrist interact with each other and cause qt-prolongation and a few other long term heart problems, weight gain, suicide, and depression to name a few. The medications prescribed by my GI doctor to treat my stomach pain and lack of appetite ALSO had serious side effects whereas medical marijuana gives me dry eyes.