More Twitter comments followed, as critics noted how unfair it seems to celebrate one athlete’s cannabis usage, while condemning another’s. “There is little to no difference between smoking weed & popping CBD gummies, & the fact that Megan Rapinoe & other white Olympians are openly doing interviews about their consumption when Sha’carri Richardson was barred shows how racist & sexist the #Olympics are to black women,” opined one dismayed social media user.
“One rule for one, a different rule for another,” the Sports Joe Twitter account commented. Indeed, many more Twitter users weighed in with similar comments on Rapinoe’s treatment versus Richardson’s on the issue of cannabis usage.
But as The Wrap notes, THC, which is found in marijuana, and CBD, found in hemp, a sister plant of marijuana, are different. The former is banned by the Olympic committee, while the latter is not.