By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion
THC is not classified as a performance enhancing substance. Why is she being punished? A portion of the nation in uproar.
In an age that marijuana production and recreational use becomes more normal as each day passes, someone, somehow, seems to experience negative, life-changing scrutiny over consuming the herb.
This time, Olympic trial participant, Sha’Carri Richardson fell into the spotlight of controversy as she tested positive for THC, after securing her spot in the 100m dash at a blazing 10.86 seconds. A sentimental victory for the twenty one year old. In an interview, Richardson mentioned that she’d lost her mother shortly before competition; a reasonable circumstance for aided relief.
“We all have our different struggles. We all have our different things we del with. But to put on a face, to have to go in front of the world and put on a face to hide my pain, I don’t know… Who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with pain or deal with a struggle you’ve never experienced before?”Sha’Carri Richardson, NBC’s Today Show
Richardson mentioned to have visited the US state of Oregon recently, where reefer is prohibited recreationally; a regional factor, but globally?
That’s the point I’m reaching to communicate here.
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By Kimberly Edwards
Smoke is billowing in the air in some states as the legalization of marijuana spreads. For decades marijuana has been condemned, criminalized and was surrounded by commercials advocating how
dangerous its use was and how it affected them all negatively. Over the years, other lethal drugs have become widely circulated and shown to have real negative effects on its users; therefore, the commercials about marijuana shifted to meth, crack, synthetic marijuana, molly, and ecstasy pills.
Despite numerous studies proving the health benefits of marijuana for chronic pain sufferers, people with epilepsy, etc., there is still skepticism on whether it should be legal medically and recreationally.
For medical use, marijuana can be used as an alternative to unnatural pain relievers that cause health issues. For recreational use, the legalization of marijuana would boost the economy due to the ability to tax it, the decriminalization of weed would allow people with marijuana-related charges to be discharged from prison and stop taxpayers from losing more money due to marijuana prohibition costs.
In states that have legalized marijuana there have been major economic growth. For California, marijuana is a $14 billion a year cash crop. Colorado raised $5 million from marijuana sales tax. Overall, marijuana is a $100 billion industry and can ultimately help benefit everyone in America financially, medically, and legally.