Due to the classification that marijuana is federally illegal and is considered a PED, using it results in consequences for those fighters who test positive for it. Matt Riddle was one of those fighters and as a result was suspended for 90 days.
He questioned how athletic commissions can allow PEDs, such as TRT, and not allow marijuana.
“If you’re saying I can’t smoke because you need to keep other fighters safe or myself safe because I’m too high, don’t you think you should keep others safe by not letting people using steroids into the cage,” said Riddle on Verbal Submission. “That’s how I look at it.”
Riddle’s third round submission win over Chris Clements at UFC 149 was overturned to a no contest due to the failed drug test and he was also handed a fine. Riddle possesses a marijuana card out of Nevada that permits him to use the substance in that state, though it remains illegal on a federal level.
After that suspension, Riddle returned at UFC 154 to take a decision win against John Maguire. He returns at UFC on FUEL TV in a week when he meets Che Mills. That fight comes from Wembley Arena in England on February 16.