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The NSAC refuses to hear Nick Diaz this month

The legal pissing match between Nick Diaz and the NSAC continues. Last we heard, Nick’s lawyer Ross Goodman was demanding his client’s case be heard at the upcoming April 24th NSAC meeting, and he had a Nevada statute that backed up his demand. So how did the NSAC respond? By saying the statute doesn’t apply:

No Notice of Summary Suspension was ever served on your client,” Eccles wrote. “In this matter, Mr. Diaz was properly served with a ‘Notice of Hearing on Temporary Suspension,’ and he failed to appear at that hearing.

Live by the legal nitpick, die by the legal nitpick. As for why this whole thing is being delayed in the first place, the NSAC’s official position:

On several occasions you told me and Mr. Kizer that Mr Diaz had a medical marijuana card and that you would produce it. On one of those occasions, you stated that Cesar Gracie was getting the card from Mr Diaz and that you would produce the card shortly. In any event, you agreed to produce the card prior to the disciplinary hearing.

Regarding the date of the disciplinary hearing, Mr Kizer and I both told you that the Chairman of the Commission determines the matters to be heard on each agenda. Mr Kizer said that Mr Diaz’s case could be on the April agenda. Again, you have not produced Mr Diaz’s card as you repeatedly stated you would.

Did that back Ross Goodman down? Hells to the no:

It appears that Mr. Kizer mistakenly believes that an identification card is a mandatory requirement. However, the California regulation clearly defines that an identification card is strictly voluntary (see CHSC 11362.7(f) and (g)). The option to obtain an identification card is to assist law enforcement officers in making a prompt identification of qualified patients to avoid unnecessary arrest.

It is outrageous that Mr. Kizer would delay a full hearing after providing the best evidence under California law — the Physician’s Statements — the dispositive document that qualifies someone to legally use medical marijuana. As a protection against arbitrarily delaying proceedings — as evidenced in the Diaz matter — and thereby depriving licensees of the right to earn a living, the [NAC] is required to make a final determination based on the allegations of the complaint within 45 days after a temporary suspension.

The fun thing about all this legal dick swinging is any mis-step could leave the NSAC in some hot water. Ross Goodman isn’t some socks and sandals dope handling this case on the side. Not only is he a legit high-profile hot shot lawyer, he’s also the son of Oscar Goodman, who was the mayor of Las Vegas for 12 years, which is the max you can serve due to term limits. Who replaced him as mayor afterwards? Ross Goodman’s mom Carolyne Goodman. Safe to say he’s got a few connections he can turn to if he feels the NSAC is stepping out of line.

So enjoy 4/20, smoke a doob, and get settled in because the legal fight for the rights of fighters to enjoy some ganja out of competition is just starting to heat up!

*Update* We have no business grammar-checking anyone about anything.

  • Reverend Clint

    both sides make a compelling case but diaz has it. but will kizer backdown?

  • Actually

    Believe it or not

  • Actually

    Good lord – anyway, the construction “X and I” is 100% gramatically wrong.  Always.  Sounds better, no argument, but the syntactically correct form is “X and me” or “Me and X”.  Yup.

  • Boycott

    Overeem out.  Mir in.

  • OlyReigns

    Come on… give the guy a pass. It’s 420. He didn’t even win.

  • iamphoenix

    Bring back the old facebook.

  • The Lord Humungus

    Actually, “you told me and Mr Kizer” is the grammatically correct way to write it, not “Mr Kizer and I”.

  • subo

    phoenix still has the best comments.

  • kvelertak

    Kizer thinks way too highly of himself to back down, unfortunately he’s going to get schooled.

  • agentsmith

    Ross C. Goodman formed Goodman Law Group in 2001, a boutique law firm based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    In 2005 Goodman acquired the World Fighting Alliance (WFA) with partner Louis Palazzo. The WFA, a mixed martial arts (MMA) organization held successful events at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and The Forum in Inglewood. Goodman negotiated the first 30 minute slot on Showtime
    to feature an MMA organization. Under his management, the WFA acquired
    top ranked MMA fighters to include future UFC champions, Rich Franklin,
    Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Urijah Faber.  In 2006 Goodman along with partners sold the WFA to the UFC.
    Small world.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    If this was a court of law I’m sure he could catch Kizer, but too much of the commission issues are decided by their “Discretion.”

  • Ali

    The UFC doesn’t need to do better. Its the fiuckn Fighters that need to do better. The UFC is catching the fighters who ultimately make the decision to use PED’s. The only thing that the UFC could do better is start firing the fighters that get caught.I think the reason why fighters are using is because of the fact that the reprimand isn’t high enough. You get a slap on the wrist if you use PED’s in the UFC and thats where the UFC is losing its credibility and not because of the fact that their testing is catching the users. For Example: Overeem is still being considered for the fight First fight in the UFC he beats a Bum and gets a Title shot gets caught before the fight using PED’s and is still considered for the title shot? He had 1 fight broke the rules and no real punishment is even being considered and don’t give me this he’s been fined bullshit. With all the commercials Overeem has done and all the accomplishments he’s made he’s got more then enough pocket change to pay some little fine.The UFC needs stricter punishments if they want to see their fighters tighten up but to blame the UFC and say can they do better? Can they do better Yes, do they have the time and money to do better? No and they shouldn’t have too, at some point it should come down to the Fighter to take responsibility for his actions and conduct himself in a manner appropriate for the UFC in and out of the Octagon.