As marijuana use continues to grow, so does the number of fighters to test positive for the somewhat illegal substance. The issue has become such a regular occurrence that UFC’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner has reached out to the NSAC about lightening their stance.
“Society is changing,” said Ratner. “It’s a different world now than when I was on the commission. States are legalizing marijuana and it’s becoming more and more of a problem with fighters testing positive [for marijuana] and the metabolites.”
It’s become a tricky situation as marijuana is illegal on the federal level, but Washington and Colorado have it legal under state law. Add in all the states that consider it medically okay and that number closes in on 20.
Matt Riddle and Alex Caceres were recently popped for having the metabolites in their system. Both of their wins were overturned to no contest and Riddle was released. Caceres is suspended for six months and must undergo drug rehabilitation classes.
Former welterweight No. 1 contender Nick Diaz just returned from a yearlong suspension after testing positive.
The NSAC Panel meets again next month, but addressing a change about marijuana is currently not on the agenda.