I don’t know about you, but I was really hoping that Nick Diaz was going to make it a point to try and get the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s stupid marijuana rules overturned. While it seems perfectly reasonable to dictate that an athlete should not be stoned out of their mind on the wacky tobaccy during a fight, suspending a guy because he has marijuana metabolites from weeks before a contest seems stupid. So it is with great excitement that I relay this news:
An attorney representing the Ultimate Fighting Championship star filed a motion Wednesday in a Las Vegas courtroom seeking a review of a disciplinary order made against Diaz by the Nevada Athletic Commission after a hearing in May.
Keith Kizer, executive director of the NAC, said he thinks this is the first time a fighter has challenged an NAC disciplinary ruling in a courtroom in his nearly 15 years with the commission.
According to the filing, Diaz is seeking the “first available court date for a review of the (NAC’s) decision with the goal of getting back in the cage before the end of 2012.”
“The (NAC) prohibits the use of marijuana before or during competition to protect fighters – to prevent them from fighting while impaired,” Goodman wrote in an email. “However, Diaz’s sample showed no active THC in his system but only inactive metabolites related to his much earlier medical marijuana treatment. Inactive marijuana metabolites are not a prohibited substance under the (NAC’s) rules. The (NAC) has no basis in its rules for disciplining a fighter for legal use of medical marijuana outside competition. In doing so, the (NAC) acted unlawfully.”
It will be interesting to see if Nick gets his day in court before his suspension runs out in February. The wheels of justice turn slowly, so all this might be a moot point by the time it’s solved. But Nick does have a well connected lawyer who knows how to get his cases heard. And even if Nick only gets off his suspension a month or two early (granted he wins, which is probably a long shot), it will still pave the way towards these stupid over reactions to weed being ended. And that’s something worth fighting for, homey.