BY CHRIS WELLER
Amid the recent fervor regarding athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an independently run organization started by the International Olympic Committee, has loosened its grip on marijuana consumption among Olympians.
The decision came back in May, when WADA voted to raise the previous threshold of 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 grams per milliliter. The decision was made in order to minimize cases where out-of-competition marijuana consumption yielded a false positive in competition testing. As the drug laws in many countries, including 14 U.S. states, grow more lax, the potential for such false positives rises, along with the risk of coloring an athlete’s reputation.