If you are an MMA fighter who plans on competing in the state of Nevada and happen to be a fan of using cannabis, some good news may be heading your way.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) will meet soon to discuss the possibility of removing cannabis from the banned substances list, which would mean that the NAC wouldn’t be able to test and/or suspend a fighter for cannabis use..
The reason behind this potential change from the NAC is that the state of Nevada is one of four states to legalize the sale of recreational cannabis.
Cannabis usage has been a hot topic in the MMA community for quite some time now, with Fightful’s very own Matthew Riddle being released the the UFC after he was popped twice for marijuana. The biggest case for MMA fans may be that of former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, who was suspended 18 months (originally 5 years until a mediation took place between Diaz and the NAC) for cannabis in 2015.
If the NAC does vote to eliminate cannabis from the banned substances list, the rule would take effect three months after approval. The next NAC meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 13 and it the removal of cannabis from the banned substances list is approved, then April 13 will be a brand new day for all MMA fighters.