Megan Rapinoe is catching some heat from the Internet for promoting Cannabis products during the Olympics weeks after sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended over her marijuana use.
Three weeks ago, Richardson was slapped with a month-long suspension for testing positive for marijuana during the U.S. Olympic trials. According to Richarson she ingested marijuana to help cope with the death of her biological mother.
On Friday an interview featuring Rapinoe promoting a Cannabis product called “Mendi” went viral on the Internet.
For the first time in the Olympics 125-year modern history, elite athletes are being open about their use of cannabis products to prepare them for the world’s biggest stage in sports. Leading the charge is Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe, who incorporates CBD into her training routine using products from Mendi, a company founded by her sister Rachael Rapinoe and Brett Schwager.
Mendi’s founders started the company to create a brand of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products that provide athletes with natural wellness solutions to help them recover better and perform at their best.
Despite the fact that Rapinoe is promoting hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) that does not contain THC people were still angry at the soccer superstar amid Richardson’s ban for smoking weed.
Disappointed in Megan @mPinoe and her comms team who, if nothing else should’ve caught the gross optics here, despite the differences btwn THC & CBD. Plainly, cannabis regs have been weaponized against Black people since forever & white folk have always benefitted. #Olympics2021 https://t.co/zpKbAk2bty
— Johnathan S. Perkins 😷 (@JohnathanPerk) July 23, 2021
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News