Nick Diaz surprised drinking lots of water didn’t trick pot test

It’s been several days since Nick Diaz tested positive for potsmoking (not something we really needed a test to determine), and we still haven’t heard a peep from him. I wonder what he does when he’s not fighting, training, or triatheleting? Does he sit at home watching Antiques Roadshow marathons all day? Or am I just projecting what I do all day onto him?

Whatever the case, I hope Cesar Gracie is getting a nice Golden Glory percentage of Nick’s money for being the guy who has to come out and try to explain his client’s latest f*ckups to an angry world every other week:

“I was very disappointed,” Gracie said on The MMA Hour. “Everyone knows he smokes marijuana medicinally in California. He has a legal right to do it in this state.”

Gracie said he was the one who was informed of the positive test and passed along the word to Diaz, and that Diaz had thought he had stopped using marijuana for long enough before the UFC 143 fight with Carlos Condit, and had enough water pass through his system, that a test would come up negative.

“He was surprised he tested positive,” Gracie said. “He does the same ritual every fight for the last five years. He stops it in time and he cleanses his system, works out like crazy, drinks a lot of water and purges his system of it.”

Gracie said he thought Diaz’s weight cut may have contributed to the marijuana metabolites staying in his system longer than usual. Gracie said the Diaz camp has hired an attorney, Ross Goodman of Las Vegas, who will help to appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

I know what you’re thinking: how the hell is Nick Diaz going to get off the hook for this when everyone and their dog knows he loves the sticky icky and his coach just admitted his way of getting around commission rules is risk-equivalent to ejaculating onto the vagina instead of inside it? Well interestingly enough, the way the Nevada commission’s marijuana regulation is written might get him off the hook:

Cannabinoids are only prohibited “in competition”. WADA expressly permits the use of marijuana and other cannabinoids outside of competition. Nevada is no different. A random, out of competition positive test for marijuana should not engender disciplinary sanction under the NAC’s regulations.

NAC 467.850(1) provides that the administration of or use of any prohibited substance “either before or during a contest or exhibition” is prohibited.

The obvious question is this: how long before is “before”, under NAC 467.850(1)? A day? A week?

Media commentators have correctly pointed out that the presence of metabolites in a sample taken on fight night is consistent with the last “administration of or use of” the prohibited substance having been many days if not weeks earlier.

Is the use of marijuana potentially weeks in advance of a fight a violation of NAC 467.850(1)?

So Nick smoked weeks before his fight, but did he smoke days before his fight (sometimes you just need a bong hit after a stressful day at the gym) or hours before his fight (quite possible since that’s the conclusion the NSAC made when they nailed him after the Gomi fight).

Now this is all probably hocus pocus wordplay and we’ll all grumble about conspiracies, haters, etc when Nick is still suspended for a year. But it’s interesting to note this is a potential legal loophole right here. Hey, if guys like Chael Sonnen can drive a big steroid dumptruck through commission rules, why can’t potheads fit a magical mystery van through as well?

  • Reverend Clint

    He probably drank bong water and hoped he would pass the test. There should be a way to see how much or how long ago he smoked. If he was high during the fight then definitely fuck him but if he was getting ripped a couple weeka ago who cares. I know some might say who cares if he was even high during the fight but one of the main ises for medical marijuana is as a pain killer. If he is was armbarred but it didnt hurt as much isnt that an unfair advantage?

  • Jarman

    steroid dumptruck, and magical mystery van. ha! nice.

    For most people, i can’t imagine pot being in any way helpful. It’s painkilling effects are minimal, and kinda makes you a bit of a pussy when you’re baked. eating it….well, very hindering. For nick though……maybe it kinda calms down his innner mean-mug, channels it through his fists. Look what happened against carlos. He was so focused on mean mugging, he forgot to out-punch his opponent. Definitely performance enhancing for him. For others, i think it’d be a more valid safety issue. If you’re getting baked into a fight with someone who isn’t baked, you might do something stupid, and end up getting kicked in the face or something while monkey crawling.

    I know. too many words.

    it’d be awesome if he gets off the hook. it’d be the first reasonable decision on the matter i’ve seen. Then condit can back up his words…..and we can see them fight again! uh, woohoo?

  • Reverend Clint

    I can tell u it does kill pain. Ive taken vicodin, tylonol 3 and traumadol for my back pain and the only one that comes close to killin the pain like good weed does is tylonol 3

  • Sodomize Intolerance

    People get hung up on labeling pot as a PED. It’s not even the painkilling element. In a combat sport, sure it may be a factor. But painkillers are banned in any regulated sport. Part of the reason for banning all illegal drugs and not just PEDs is that fighters often use painkillers and steroids to rehab injuries in unhealthy ways. Fighters are stupid. Got a bum knee? Smoke enough pot to keep training! Tore your shoulder? Oxycontin! Herniated disc? Heroin!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    PED?  Its a drug of abuse, that’s all.  It’s illegal, so they test for it.  I believe Kizer’s covered this before.

    He’s getting a reduced sentence IF he agrees to TUE application.  Maybe not even that.

  • G Funk

    Yeah it’s a schedule 1 drug, that’s all that matters to the commisions.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    And for the record, I don’t think it should be illegal per se, but I think it would stop stupid people from thinking it was ok to use a lot as it’s a very psychologically addictive drug.

    It’s so kind.

    Man, I wish I lived in Cali.

  • G Funk

    ^ OK wha?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    It’s all right there like … y’know … I mean it’s … yeah.

  • Reverend Clint

    Take it from me cali is just ok but just as stupid as any other state

  • iamphoenix

    take it from a someone who hasn’t lived there for 22 years^

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