Hashtag of the week: Stars support Richardson with #LetShaCarriRun, reviving the cannabis debate

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Sha'Carri Richardson tested positive for cannabis during the trials for the Tokyo Olympics.

Sha'Carri Richardson is once again the darling of the internet. After testing positive for cannabis, the athlete will no longer be able to compete in the 100-meter event at the Tokyo Olympics. An injustice, for some, who took to Twitter to make their feelings known with the hashtag #LetShaCarriRun.

The American athlete Sha' Carri Richardson has tested positive for cannabis, resulting in a one-month suspension. This sanction means that the sprinter will miss her chance to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, opening July 23.

On social media, internet users and celebrities have been reacting to the news, supporting the athlete via the "#LetShaCarriRun" hashtag, as used by the basketball player Dwayne Wade, the actress Gabrielle Union or the "Glee" singer Amber Riley.

Sha' Carri Richardson has been the darling of social media since her 100-meter victory in June, which sealed her ticket to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. In April, Sha'Carri Richardson even became the sixth-fastest woman in history at a Florida meet. Female, part of the Black and LGBTQ+ communities, the athlete quickly became an icon on social networks.

Since the scandal, the athlete has apologized, simply declaring: "I am human," to much Twitter reaction.

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From influencers and journalists to politicians, many voices spoke out to criticize Sha'Carri Richardson's sanction. The famous Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even suggested removing cannabis from the list of prohibited substances, following the example of the US baseball, hockey and football leagues.

The sprinter explained the positive test due to a recreational and non-performance-related use to cope with the emotional pain resulting from the death of her biological mother, an event that proved particularly difficult for Sha'Carri Richardson. Moreover, the athlete claims to have consumed the drug in the state of Oregon, where the recreational use of cannabis is legal. In any case, the decision appears to have cost her a place in the 100m race at the Tokyo Olympics. However, Sha'Carri Richardson could potentially still be able to take part in the 4x100m relay.

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Sabrina ALILI

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