June 5, 2008
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Phillip Johnson of Saint John, Indiana, an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.
Johnson, 20, tested positive for Carboxy-THC (THCA) at the National Junior Championships on February 8, 2008. Cannabinoids are listed as “specified substances” and are prohibited under the USADA Protocol and the rules of the International Weightlifting Federation, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as “specified substances” because they are less likely to be abused as doping agents.
Johnson accepted a three-month period of ineligibility. As part of his sanction, he agreed to participate in an anti-doping educational program. Upon completion of the program, he will be eligible to receive a period of deferment of the remaining sanction.
As a result of the doping violation, Johnson has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved since February 8, 2008, including his first-place finish in the Men’s 69 Kilograms event at the National Junior Championships.
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