The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) recently suspended multiple UFC and Contender Series fighters for marijuana use, but UFC President Dana White is working with the commission to get those marijuana rules loosened up.
Multiple states, after Tuesday’s election, are legalizing marijuana for recreational usage and White is shocked it took so long to happen.
“We’ve been working on that for a very long time; I’m surprised that actually happened,” White said at the Dana White Contender Series 34 post-fight news conference (via Farah Hannoun & John Morgan of MMA Junkie). “They must have been way over the threshold then. I don’t know.”
Some of those states that have now legalized marijuana are Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota and Montana. White is all for loosening the marijuana rules up in MMA, but he doesn’t want any fighters showing up high in the Octagon.
“I don’t think you cannot not test,” White said. “When you’re in competition, you have to test these guys. You can’t let somebody go into the ring high. It just can’t happen. So I don’t know what to do with that. But, yeah, we’re trying to loosen it up, but at the same time you can’t have guys showing up high.”