Nick Diaz Challenging UFC Suspension Wednesday 14 March, 2012

By: Kaptain Kush


I’ve covered the saga of Nick Diaz extensively in the past, and his case took another twist. Diaz is a licensed medical marijuana patient, and him and his lawyer  are pleading that because Diaz tested positive for metabolites and not cannabis, that he really didn’t violate any rules and thus should still be able to fight in the state of Nevada.

Metabolites take time to break down (and that time ranges on the subject’s body fat percentage and general weight). Since metabolites stay in a smoker’s system for way longer than a high lasts, Diaz is pleading, that does not mean he was high at the time of the failed drug test.

Whether Diaz uses marijuana is not in dispute. He is a licensed medical marijuana user with a valid prescription in his home state of California to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The response explains his common practice is to discontinue use of the drug eight days before a fight and that this fight was no different.

The question becomes whether the presence of marijuana metabolites is expressly banned under Nevada law.

Goodman says no. The documents filed with the commission state WADA only prohibits marijuana use “in competition.”

Essentially, he would argue in this case that would simply mean a fighter can’t be high in the cage.

“Prohibited substances” are also banned, but Goodman points to a Nevada law that explicitly exempts “marijuana or marijuana metabolite” from the list of banned substances for those with a valid prescription. [LVRJ]

Seems like a pretty black and white case to me. If it doesn’t explicitly state anywhere that metabolites or marijuana metabolites are banned substances, then how did this become an issue in the first place?

And really, even if he was high as a kite in the cage, what sort of athletic advantage would that give Diaz? Let the man do what he was born to do: fight and smoke trees.

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  • Its much more of a legal process today than when I was on staff 15 years ago, so when you bring lawyers into the process and I have no problem with that people should get the best representation they can afford but that does change the process substantively and procedurally when you have as many lawyers involved.

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