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Australia Sports Organization Declares Marijuana Not Performance-Enhancing Drug

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- 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."

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