Nick Diaz, a UFC fighter, and title contender has been plagued by a number of tests that have shown him positive for marijuana and THC. Ranked as the #2 Welterweight, after current title holder George St. Pierre, his career has been plagued by drug tests. It is actually rather perplexing that Nick Diaz, will lose a rematch to Carlos Condit as a result of testing for marijuana in his system.
What may be most surprising to UFC fans, and casual spectators, is how can marijuana be an advantage for a mixed martial arts fighter? For a smoker, we all understand that this would be a significant disadvantage stepping into the ring. Nick Diaz has previously received a six month suspension, back in 2007 for a similar offense.
The problem here, is that we have a world class fighter, that smokes pot, and unfortunately the Nevada Commission, feels that marijuana is a Schedule 1 narcotic and subsequently illegal for use. Situations like this exemplify the disconnect between legislatures and the actual effects of marijuana on the body. The UFC and the Nevada Commission are obviously not using logic, but rather a strict interpretation of the law, hindering Nick Diaz’s career.
There has been very little talk as to whether or not Nick Diaz will be suspended or whether he will appeal the test results, given that marijuana can stay in urine for weeks and even months in some cases. This is an unfortunate situation for Nick Diaz, but another example of how a career can be killed by something as harmless and in this case disadvantageous for Diaz.
To leave you with a question to ponder about, would Nick Diaz be subject to the same scrutiny as a medical marijuana patient?
About Chad Morgan
As the founder of Herbisto.com, I am an advocate and political activist for the decriminalization of marijuana, and the legalization of medical marijuana.
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