The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (CMPPS) has called for marijuana to be removed from the country’s list of performance enhancing drugs for athletes. CMPPS represents the country’s major sports– tennis, rugby league and union, Australian football, soccer, and cricket.
The group has appealed to the World Anti-Doping Agency, which is an independent agency that works to unify doping regulations for athletic organizations around the globe.
Currently, marijuana is included on the list of performance enhancing drugs along with anabolic steroids, and HGH. Currently, any athlete in Australia found to be in violation of using such drugs could be subject to a two-year ban.
Rather than defining marijuana as a PED, the CMPPS has recommended that it be treated as an illicit substance and therefore would have a different set of associated punishments for the offending athlete.
According to the Associated Press, CMPPS chief Malcolm Speed will meet with the World Anti-Doping Agency today and discuss that “where a substance is on the banned list but isn’t a performance-enhancing substance, it should be removed.”