Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that Lauren Mulwitz, of Marina del Rey, Calif., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a six-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. Mulwitz, 35, tested positive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, above the decision limit of 180 ng/mL, as a result of a sample collected on June 7, 2015 at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix held in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Carboxy-THC is a substance in the class of Cannabinoids, which are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (“UCI”) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as Specified Substances, and therefore the presence of those substances in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction.
Mulwitz accepted a six-month period of ineligibility, which began on July 9, 2015, the date she accepted a provisional suspension. Based on Mulwitz’s successful completion of a USADA anti-doping educational tutorial, her period of ineligibility was reduced by three months and is now scheduled to expire on October 9, 2015. As a result of the doping violation, Mulwitz has been disqualified from her competitive results achieved at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on June 7, the date her sample was collected including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
• This media release was originally published on the US Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) internet site on 11 September 2015. To access the original, please click here.
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