Boxers and UFC fighters will NOT be banned if they fail drugs test for marijuana as Nevada Commission make huge change
UFC fighters and boxers will no longer be banned if they test positive for marijuana.
On Wednesday the Nevada State Athletic Commission held a vote and it was unanimously decided that such fighters will no longer be punished, reports talkSPORT's Michael Benson.
The decision follows a USADA ruling in January which asserted that UFC fighters will not be suspended if THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, is found in their system.
However, that ruling still forbids fighters from smoking marijuana right before a fight.
But despite the change in law, suspensions that have been dished out before the ruling will have to be served.
Nick Diaz was famously punished with a five-year ban from the UFC after testing positive for cannabis in 2015.
The ban was later reduced to 18 months on appeal but he will welcome the Commission's latest ruling.
He and brother Nate are big advocates for marijuana and Nate has even smoked during press conferences.
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And while some fighters have been suspended, others have even had the results of their fights overturned.
Last December, it was announced that Niko Price's draw with Donald Cerrone in September 2020 would be overturned to a no-contest following the discovery of marijuana metabolites in his system.
Price was also punished with a 6,220 ($8,500) fine and a six-month suspension on top of that.
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