Weed, what Weed? Nick Diaz’s legal team has sent over an official response to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) claiming that the marijuana metabolites he tested positive for are not even listed as a banned substance on the books.
â€œMarijuana is the only substance that is prohibited; not marijuana metabolites,â€
â€œThe basis to discipline Mr. Diaz is that he tested positive for a prohibited substance. We know he didnâ€™t test positive for marijuana. So, you look to see at WADA whether marijuana metabolites are prohibited. They do not prohibit it in any category.â€
â€œYou have to test positive for marijuana, as opposed to this inactive ingredient Nick did … If thereâ€™s nothing in the rules prohibiting marijuana metabolites, why are we here? Why punish Nick, or anybody else for that matter, for a metabolite? Weâ€™re not talking about a cocaine metabolite. Weâ€™re not talking about something illegal. Weâ€™re talking about a metabolite that stays in your system for weeks or months.â€
The claim is quite fair, Nick Diaz was not high on fight night. In fact, he claims that he stopped his medical marijuana “treatment” 7-8 days before the fight to cleanse it from his body.
Is it right for a fighter to be punished for a lingering metabolite that is stored for a long time in fat?
Its going to be interesting to see how this plays out at the commission hearing this April.