Fans of Nick Diaz might be interested to hear how the White House responded to the petition to lift his Marijuana ban. In a typical government style at that…
Nick Diaz went through the mill earlier this year following a failed drug test on the night of UFC 183. Facing Anderson Silva on the January PPV card, the Stockton brawler popped for Marijuana, although he passed two similar tests on the same night.
His September hearing was nothing short of a shambles, as his legal teams air tight defense was dismissed by by an ignorant Nevada Commission hearing. In the face of common sense and reason, the NAC handed Diaz a five year ban, as well as $165K in fines, practically ending his storied MMA career.
Then came the ‘Free Nick Diaz’ petition, which reached well above the required 100,000 signatures to get the government to stick their ore in. They have now released an official statement, and it is not what any of us wanted to hear:
Thank you for your petition regarding the Nevada Athletic Commission’s suspension of Nick Diaz.
The federal government plays no role in the disciplinary actions taken by state athletic commissions, so we are not in a position to address the specific request raised in your petition. State authorities — in this case, the Nevada Athletic Commission — will generally be the best source for information about those kinds of issues.
However, we appreciate that so many of you banded together to make your voices heard through this platform.
If there are federal policy issues you care about, using this tool can help you and people all across the country communicate directly with a team in the White House focused on responding to petitions that get enough support. For example, in the past few years, we’ve weighed in on issues ranging from education regulations to wildlife trafficking, from criminal justice reform to vaccinations, and from electronic communication and net neutrality to international relations.
In other words, ‘We are the government, we don’t have the kind of power that means we can interfere with other people’s business,’ unless of course there would be some sort of direct benefit to the crooked puppet at the helm of the ship.
Then again, maybe with Diaz’s legal team making headway to remove the ban, and his rumoured 2016 return, the government might be able to sleep easy in the knowledge that once again someone else is stepping up when they wouldn’t.
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