Nick Diaz's lawyer issues response to NSAC, says no penalty is warrantedPosted on March 13, 2012, 02:49 PM by Joey Santosus
Marijuana is the only substance that is prohibited; not marijuana metabolites. The basis to discipline Mr. Diaz is that he tested positive for a prohibited substance. We know he didn't test positive for marijuana. So, you look to see at WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) whether marijuana metabolites are prohibited. They do not prohibit it in any category. You have to test positive for marijuana, as opposed to this inactive ingredient Nick did. If there's nothing in the rules prohibiting marijuana metabolites, why are we here?" - For more from Nick Diaz's attorney, visit ESPN.com
After a controversial decision loss to Carlos Condit resulted in a frustration-fueled retirement speech, Nick Diaz's fighting future was further complicated when news broke that the former Strikeforce champ had tested positive for marijuana metabolites following UFC 143.
Despite having the legal right to use the substance for medical purposes in his home state of California, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has since placed Diaz on temporary suspension pending a follow-up disciplinary hearing. Though expected to face as much as a one-year suspension and financial penalty, it now appears Diaz will do what he does best - fight.
According to his attorney, Ross Goodman of the Las Vegas-based Goodman Law Group, Diaz hasn't broken any rules at all, and therefore should face no further punishment. As detailed in the response filed with the NSAC, Goodman explains that it is the marijuana itself that is banned, not the metabolites that are left behind long after it's use. So what's the word LowKick'ers? Does Diaz present a convincing argument, or will his defense go up in smoke?
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