Australia’s major sporting organizations have called for marijuana to be removed from the list of performance-enhancing drugs.The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports — which represents cricket, soccer, Australian Rules football, rugby league, rugby union and tennis — said on Tuesday it believes marijuana should not be grouped with performance-enhancers such as Human Growth Hormone and anabolic steroids which carry two-year bans.
Instead, it says marijuana should be treated only as an illicit substance.
Coalition chief Malcolm Speed will meet the World Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday as part of regular discussions and will ask that “where a substance is on the banned list but isn’t a performance-enhancing substance, it should be removed.”Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.