Article by Steven Marrocco, MMA Junkie
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today agreed to move forward on a regulatory project that will explore the possibility of removing marijuana as an anti-doping infraction.
The project will be spearheaded by NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett, who will research the benefits and drawbacks of a potential regulatory change, consulting with commission doctors, industry professionals in the fight business, and the marijuana community. Bennett will then produce a final report that will be reviewed by the commission.
During a meeting today in Las Vegas, NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell said the state’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana may have created “a potential conflict” with the current rules and set up a challenge from fighters. He said the commission should get ahead of any potential problems by weighing the public interest against the need to protect athletes’ health and safety.
“We could leave the (regulation) where it is and say, you’re still allowed to do it, but 150 ng/mL is where we feel comfortable,” Marnell said. “All I want to do is be out in front of this and not behind.
“I didn’t want to be in a position where we have fighters before us, because it will come, that this is legal now, so this 150 ng/ml is no longer legal. You can see the controversy coming.”