Zach Arnold from Fight Opinion sits through California State Athletic Commission meetings so you don’t have to. The latest development: no more therapeutic use exemptions in California until proper regulations on it pass through the state legislature.
On the meeting’s agenda, there was this item: “Subcommittee on Therapeutic Use Exemption — Discussion and possible action regarding draft policy.”
Rule 303, which was pushed to try to open up the Therapeutic Use Exemption process for testosterone use, was challenged at Monday’s hearing by none other than Department of Consumer Affairs lawyer Michael Santiago. Santiago happens to be the only lawyer worth anything in DCA’s legal office, for what it’s worth. Karen Chappelle, the ethically-challenged attorney from the Attorney General’s office in Los Angeles who loves to interfere in combat sports regulation, backed the current behavior regarding allowing fighters to use testosterone despite not having anything passed through in the state legislature. Santiago, who rightfully has a professional dislike & disregard for Chappelle’s opinion, said that until there is a statute/regulation on the books regarding testosterone that the commission should not be using an ‘underground’ policy of approving T usage. He argued that testosterone is considered a banned substance.
The end result is that fighters like Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, and Frank Mir will not be allowed to use testosterone while fighting in California until a law is on the books that explicitly spells out approval for T usage.
I can’t imagine there’ll be too many politicians lining up to pass a law allowing cage fighters to inject testosterone, so this pretty much ends the TRT madness in California. Huzzah! Sanity prevails for once! Now what are the chances that other commissions go ahead and do the same thing?
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